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Sports can never be free of corruption: Malik

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Published on January 22, 2016 with No Comments

Salim Malik, Pakistan’s only cricketer to get a life ban for match-fixing, is convinced that

cricket and other sports can never be free of corruption. “Fixing and other corruption

could never be eradicated completely from cricket and other sports,” said Malik.

“They can be curtailed at the most. People who want to make easy money will always

come up with new ways to target players and officials and make them greedy,” he said.

Malik, 54, was banned for life in 2000 on the recommendation of the Justice (retd)

Malik Qayyum inquiry commission into match fixing in Pakistan cricket. He, though, got

a reprieve later from the Supreme Court after appealing against the ban in a long drawn

out legal process.

He said the anti-corruption and security units set up by the ICC were not enough to

eradicate the menace of fixing. “I think the ICC and member boards can make their anti-

corruption units more effective by including some high profile and reputed former

players in their units. Because only a top player has the experience to detect anything

wrong in a match,” he said.

 

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