Australia in SA

Match-fixing 'won't disappear'

2011-11-04 07:36
Mohammad Moosajee (File)
Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) believes it will be tough to rid the game completely of match-fixing, despite a jail sentence handed out to three Pakistani players on Thursday.

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Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and agent Mazhar Majeed were all jailed in Britain for their role in fixing parts of a Test match against England last year.

Former Pakistan Test captain Butt, 27, received 30 months, fast bowler Asif, 28, received one year in jail and 19-year-old Aamir was jailed for six months.

Speaking on behalf of CSA, Proteas team manager Mohammad Moosajee told the Beeld newspaper that while they welcome the sentencing they doubt that fixing will completely disappear from the game in future.

"The sentences definitely sends out a clear warning and world cricket has been waiting for something like this to happen for long now. However, the sad reality is that we will probably be talking about the same issue (match fixing) in 10 years' time.

"Corruption is ruling the world we live in and especially sport. All that we can do is to warn the players against the dangers of it and to try and prevent them from getting into situations where it could happen," said Moosajee.


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