ICC must act strongly against match-fixing, says Gilchrist

Gilchrist is concerned that the scourge of match-fixing may finish the game of cricket

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Mar 3, 2011

Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist feels that the International Cricket Council (ICC) must show stronger leadership to cope with the menace of match-fixing or else the game would be finished.

“It s time for someone at the ICC to take more leadership on this issue. This (match and spot-fixing) is the biggest issue in the game, it really is. Scheduling is another but that won t be an issue if there s no cricket and if match-fixing spirals out of control there won t be any cricket,” Gilchrist was quoted as saying by The Herald Sun.

The former dashing batsman said that players need to be handed out the harshest punishment possible as that s the only way the scourge of match-fixing can be weeded out. “People won t want to become stakeholders in our sport if match-fixing is allowed to flourish. The ICC has taken some action recently but I personally think the penalties need to be the harshest possible,” the paper quoted him saying.

Gilchrist believes that ICC would be better off slapping life bans on any player involved in match-fixing. “I would like to see a life ban for anyone who enters into ill-dealings in the sport,” he added.

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