No need to ban whole Pak team: Ponting
Spot-fixing scandal should be dealt in an appropriate manner but it would be unfair to ban the whole Pakistan team for the alleged involvement of their three players, feels Australian captain Ricky Ponting.cricket Updated: Sep 08, 2010 14:17 IST
Spot-fixing scandal should be dealt in an appropriate manner but it would be unfair to ban the whole Pakistan team for the alleged involvement of their three players, feels Australian captain Ricky Ponting.
"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 said.
"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," he was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
Three Pakistani players, Test skipper Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir are being investigated in the spot-fixing scandal which surfaced after a British tabloid sting operation.
The Sydney Test early this year between Pakistan and Australia also came under scanner after Pakistani opener Yasir Hameed was caught on camera saying that the SCG Test was rigged and his team-mates pocketed $3 millions for the staged loss.
Ponting said the Australian team are aware of anti-corruption laws and their responsibilities. "We as an Australian group of players are educated very well on this and know how to handle different situations that pop up," said Ponting. The Australian team will leave for a Test and One-day tour of India on September 19.