Karachi, Aug 10 (ANI): Banned Pakistani pace bowler Mohammad Amir has reportedly former Indian captain Rahul Dravid's call to make match fixing a criminal offence.
According to Express Tribune, Dravid, who has been named as a witness in a major spot-fixing scandal that tainted this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), said that merely educating players of the perils of match fixing was not enough.
Urging the ICC to review and change its current system of anti-corruption enforcement and laws, Amir, who was jailed in England for corruption and is also serving a five-year ban for spot fixing during a test at Lord's in 2010, agreed with Dravid, saying that match fixing must be made a criminal offence where the punishment should be a hard jail term.
According to Amir, only then players will fearlessly be willing to report any approach, offer or unusual activity to the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit or their management.
Amir also said that tougher laws are required by the ICC in order to prevent others from being lured into corruption like he and his teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were.
Stating that he had been through a lot at a young age from which he had learnt a lot of lessons, Amir said that he had made costly mistakes, adding that to prevent other players from falling into the same path, the ICC needs to keep track of all phone calls made by players and officials during a tour or tournament with the help of police, if necessary. (ANI)