Legendary New Zealand cricketer Richard Hadlee has said players involved in fixing should not only be banned, but their records should also be erased to serve as a deterrent against the menace.
“People have to be made examples of and clearly banned… take it a step further, even have
your records erased for life in the game,” he told reporters on Saturday.
“I think that is the most severe penalty… even more than going to jail.”
Hadlee, famed as the original sultan of swing bowling, said players involved in making money illegally let supporters and fans down and “that’s why the penalty must be very severe”.
The fast bowling all-rounder, who bagged 431 Test wickets in just 86 matches, said the decision lay with administrators.
Asked about the controversial Decision Review System, Hadlee said he was not in favour of technology because it questioned on-field umpires’ decision.
“My personal view is that I don’t particularly like the captains or players questioning or reviewing the decisions... What I would like is that all the decisions should remain in the hands of the umpires.”
He added, “If the umpires in the middle have made a not out decision say when it’s, in fact, out, the power should go to the third umpire; he should say ‘hang on a minute, let me look at it’ while the bowler is going back to his mark and if there is a genuine mistake is made, the third umpire can review it.”
Hadlee further said the third umpire’s decision would take players out of the decision-making process and “all they have to do is to just get on with the game”.
He expressed concern about the decline of his national team in Tests. The Kiwis are currently ranked ninth in the ICC table. He attributed it to playing less number of matches. “That doesn't sit comfortably with me because I am a traditionalist in many ways,” said the bowler who was the first to 400 Test wickets.
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