Death penalty for players involved in match-fixing?

“You should give the death penalty to such people”

Image courtesy of: The Express Tribune

Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has a deep hatred for anyone that has been involved in match-fixing, so much so that he has suggested that they be given the death penalty.

Miandad’s comments come after Pakistan players Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Mohammad Irfan were all provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in relation to a corruption scandal that revolved around the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Opener Nasir Jamshed was also arrested in the United Kingdom before being released on bail.

The 59-year-old believes that enforcing capital punishment will deter any player from committing similar crimes.

“Authorities must take measures to stop this [corruption in cricket],” he said. “Why don’t you take strong measures? You should give the death penalty to such people. We must not tolerate such things, not at all.”

Abdul Qadir echoed Miandad’s sentiments, but in a more figurative way. The leg-spinner added that players like Sharjeel, Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir would have never ventured into corrupt activities had high-profile cricketers of the past been severely punished.

“Had you hanged Wasim Akram, Inzamam, Mushtaq Ahmed — there’s an entire list — instead of giving them a slap on the wrist, what’s happening now would’ve never happened,” he said on a TV show. “Ata-ur-Rehman and Salim Malik were made the scapegoats, and even they would’ve escaped if they carried cricketing value or were in their prime. The way of our country is to nab the smaller culprit and let the bigger one go.

“All of Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam and Mushtaq either currently work or have previously worked within the PCB. Why weren’t the recommendations of Justice Qayyum’s report enforced?”

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