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Latif says delay may curb fixing

cricket Updated: Sep 17, 2010 23:12 IST

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Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, who previously blew the whistle on match-fixing in the country's national team, today suggested a delay in the live broadcast of matches to curb spot-fixing.

“I guarantee that even a delay of 30 seconds in live telecast of matches will put an end to the spot-fixing,” Latif said.

“The ICC will have to bear the loss as the media companies would possibly disagree with the idea, but I can guarantee spot-fixing will die with delayed telecast of matches,” said Latif.

Televised cricket matches, even of lesser significance, attract huge betting in India and the Gulf, with bets placed on every delivery. “The ICC has been forcing the players to refrain from this practice (fixing) but actually the laws are providing the players with a window of opportunity,” Latif said. “I have also suggested some changes in the law to curb spot-fixing, like power plays in the one-day and T20 matches should be finished.”