Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja didn't mince words as he demanded a stricter punishment for the players who are involved in corrupt or unlawful activities like match-fixing, spot-fixing or any other. Raja feels criminalising match-fixing could be 'a useful deterrent' to eradicate the menace from the system. He also compared the fight against match-fixing to that against Coronavirus pandemic, insisting that it needs a concerted effort to tackle it. <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal was handed a three-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday after he failed to report corrupt approaches, prompting several reactions on Twitter. However, the interaction between Raja and Zimbabwean cricketer-turned-commentator Mpumelelo Mbangwa caught the eye on social media as Raja made some strong comments on the issue. <p></p> <p></p>The 57-year-old slammed Akmal for wasting his talent and demanded a 'jail term' for cricketers who involve in match-fixing and other activities. He called for them to be put 'behind bars'. <p></p> <p></p>"So Umar Akmal officially makes it to the list of idiots! Banned for 3 years. What a waste of talent! It's high time that Pakistan moved towards passing a legislative law against match-fixing," Raja tweeted on Monday. <p></p> <p></p>"Behind bars is where such jack asses belong! Otherwise brave for more," tweeted the former Pakistan batsman." <p></p> <p></p>PCB banned Akmal after he failed to report corrupt approaches, prompting Raja and Zimbabwean cricketer-turned-commentator Mpumelelo Mbangwa to have a discussion on match-fixing on social media. <p></p> <p></p>"This war seems to be being won by the bad guys, Rambo? He's (Akmal) quite high profile, isn't he? Do you think jail time would win the war?" Mbangwa tweeted. <p></p> <p></p>In reply, Raja said all stakeholders of the game must come together to eradicate match-fixing. <p></p> <p></p>"Jail time could be a useful deterrent Pommie, possibly the last resort!! It's like fighting COVID-19, all will have to pitch in to save the cricket world: Fans, Boards, stakeholders,law enforcement agencies, You &amp; I," Raja tweeted.