Match-fixing 'won't disappear'

2011-11-04 07:36

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.


  • Werner - 2011-11-04 08:12

    The sentencing of the Pakistan players is certainly a step in the right direction. However I agree that match-fixing will always loom...which is really sad. I mean, I find myself watching cricket thinking 'is this a clean game?'. I am sure that match fixing isn't quite this prevalent, but there's always that little doubt.

  • damonsb - 2011-11-04 08:14

    I know how it feels, when I used to smoke had 3 matches and one cigarette. That darn wind always blow out my light, and then there is one last match, and it is always broken. Fixing it won`t help. So, you sit with the head of that last mach, then you try to strike without burning your fingers, aaah...Pain... is what i had to endure to finally have a sensational smoke and win that cigarette’s satisfying taste.

      Mark - 2011-11-04 09:03

      Dom comment

  • Marius - 2011-11-04 08:58

    Aren't these cricketers being paid well?

      Pieter - 2011-11-04 19:24

      I actually dont think the Pakistani players get close to what the rest of the guys get thats probably why they are most likely gonna take a chance with these bookies..

  • Abdulrazak - 2011-11-04 09:01

    pakistanis feature almost evrytime there is a scandal.....and one wonders how is it that nearly ten years ago, a south african got caught, and not some pakistani(s) then.....sure hansie was guilty, and the indian bookies too............this jail sentencing is just the right thing to eliminate the scourge for good!

  • Chrono - 2011-11-04 09:12

    And rugby still pretends that it is as clean as can be.

      Alan - 2011-11-04 10:44

      Sure rugby is a clean game - Ask Ritchie.....

  • rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-04 11:05

    Fire all of them...Ban them for life from any sort of cricket!!!

  • Andre - 2011-11-07 06:58

    I flicked beteween channels and came across the game at the Wanderers... NO supporters, NO sponsors, NO interest!!..........If only ALL the sponsors of all our sporting codes agreed to put money in where they had control and accepted that ONLY the best are fielded! Window dressing has to come to an end. If you are not good enough either as a player or administrator why should sponsors put their money up! The public are tired political interference.........AND MONEY GRABBERS!

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