Ponting against Pakistan ban

2010-09-08 11:32

Sydney - Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting on Wednesday urged the sport's leaders not to ban Pakistan's entire team over a damaging spot-fixing scandal.

Ponting said it would be unfair to punish the whole team over "spot-fixing" allegations which have already seen Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer suspended.

"I think that's going a bit too far, let's just start with the people we know about at the moment and make sure they're dealt with in the appropriate manner," Ponting told Fox Sports.

"I think to ban a whole team would probably be a bit unfair. The world game doesn't really need that, (and) can't really afford that to happen.

"I know the world game can't afford these sorts of scandals happening in the game either," Ponting added.

The claims came to light after Britain's News of the World tabloid allegedly caught Mazhar Majeed, a London-based businessman, organising no-balls to order during last month's Test against England at Lord's.

Ponting, whose team secured an unlikely victory over Pakistan in a Test in Sydney in January -- which has now also been called into question --said he had considered the possibility the players had been compromised.

"One thing we've learned from the anti-corruption guys over the years is once these guys have had their claws into you then there's no way to get away," he said. "So maybe they'd had their claws in before."

Australia leave for a tour of India next week.


  • hansi - 2010-09-08 11:45

    I watched the T20 between the Paki's and the Pom's lastnight. Pakistan are pathetic cricketers that is why they cheat for self enrichment. Ban Pakistan from all forms of the game for 5 years. Not negotiable.

  • punter - 2010-09-08 12:35

    They do not call him Punter for nothing.

  • Reiro - 2010-09-08 12:42

    Hey HANSI!!!! pakistan are not useless, if you read important stuff you would know they lose because they have been bribed. PAKISTAN crickers are poorly paid and that not an excuse to take bribes. But to call them useless is way off the mark. And btw , how can u judge them on last night when the dressing room in in disaaray following the allegations. HANSIE WAS A CHEAT :D

  • Spike - 2010-09-08 12:44

    @Hansi - I also watched that game last night and was really shocked at the lack of play from the Pakistan players. I think they should be banned for 2 years and let them build a team again and get rid of the existing team. Pity Mohammed Aamer at the ripe age of 17 had to get involved cos his career is now dusted and gone forever and he was a promising star in the rising. But to Pakistan forever is a NO GO cos they do play brilliant cricket when they get going and they bring in the crowds too.

  • IndianFan - 2010-09-10 10:39

    Ponting is correct. There is no justification for banning the entire team because of the misconduct of a handful of players. You cannot send an entire family to jail if one person in that family commits a crime. Cricket will never be the same without Pakistan. They are charm to the game. How we Indians would die to have bowlers like Amir and Asif

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