Banned Pakistani pace bowler Mohammad Amir has reportedly backed former Indian captain Rahul Dravid's call to make match-fixing a criminal offence. The player who served a jail term for match-fixing advocated a hard jail term for any player found guilty.
According to reports, Dravid, who has been named as a witness in this year’s Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal, said that merely educating players about the perils of match-fixing was not enough.
Urging the ICC to review and change its current system of anti-corruption enforcement and laws, Amir, who was jailed in England for corruption and is also serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing during a test at Lord's in 2010, said match-fixing must be made a criminal offence where the punishment should be a hard jail term.
According to Amir, only then players will fearlessly report any approach, offer or unusual activity to the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit or their management.
Amir also said that tougher laws are required by the ICC in order to prevent others from being lured into corruption, as it happened with him and his teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.
Stating that he had been through a lot and has learnt a lot of lessons, Amir said to prevent other players from falling into the same trap, the ICC needs to keep track of all phone calls made by players and officials during a tour or tournament with the help of police, if necessary.