Saying only strong measures can deter players from indulging in match-fixing, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has suggested death penalty as a punishment for the same.
With Pakistan cricket being rocked by a major spot-fixing scandal during the second season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Miandad said that those found guilty should be made examples of, in order to deter other players.
“Authorities must take measures to stop this,” he was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.
“Why don’t you take strong measures? You should give death penalty to such people. We must not tolerate such things, not at all,” Miandad added.
As least five players, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hasan, have been named in an investigation into the scandal.
Shahid Afridi, who recently retired from international cricket, also called for strong action against guilty players.
“Until an example is set, this issue will continue,” Afridi said.
“When a player knows he will be forgiven and brought back into the national fold after four or five years, there isn’t any fear or deterrence,” he added.
(With inputs from ANI)