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Legendary Australia captain Ricky Ponting has announced that he wants the sport’s governing bodies to tackle corruption hard and fast in order for it to be expelled from the game once and for all.
Ponting noted that corruption rumours have been floating around for years and called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) and individual cricket boards to take action instead of sitting idly by and watching and waiting to see if anything develops.
“We’ve all been aware of a certain amount of corruption in the game for a long time now and there’s always just been a bit of smoke, there hasn’t been much fire around it,” Ponting told the Australian Associated Press. “But like a lot of other big issues in our games, whether it’s drugs or whatever, the sooner the governing bodies can get to the bottom of these issues and actually start making an example of some of the people they know are in the wrong and they know are guilty, the better off we’re all going to be.
“There is nothing worse than having that (corruption) tag around, the worry about the integrity of cricket and that is what every governing body would be fearing and a lot of the players. It takes away a bit from the game they love.”
Ponting added that he doesn’t believe any Australian players are involved in match-fixing since they are educated about the repercussions at a very early age.
“I have no worries at all,” he said. “Certainly anyone that I’ve played with in Australian or Tasmanian teams, I can’t see how it will impact on any of us – who I know, anyway.
“Probably where we’re a bit different to the other countries is we’re very well-paid in Australia for what we do. It seems to me, a lot of the targets, if you like, are guys who probably haven’t been paid that well during their careers.”