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ICC needs to find new ways to curb match-fixing: Imran

Last updated on: May 2, 2011 15:26 IST

ICC needs to find new ways to curb match-fixing: Imran



Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan believes the ICC will have to adopt new ways to curb the menace of match-fixing as it is very difficult to detect and prove.

Imran's comments came few days after former Sri Lankan captain Hashan Tillakaratne claimed that match-fixing had been prevalent in Sri Lankan cricket since 1992.

Pakistan's former captain Rashid Latif, who blew the whistle on corruption in cricket in 1994, has also backed Tillakaratne's claims.

Imran said he had no idea whether fixing took place in cricket and it was always going to be difficult to detect such instances.

"I have no clue whether it happens or not," Imran said.

If it happens it's very hard to notice. People can only point it out but it's very difficult to prove. Special measures are required to deal with the menace.

"The ICC should find new ways to control it. There should be a sort of check," he added.

Imran said the Pakistan Cricket Board should have taken action the first time fixing allegations surfaced in Pakistan cricket.

Latif said he was sure Tillakaratne had evidence to back his claims.

"I have no doubt he has evidence but it all depends on how things go no. If he strikes a deal with Sri Lankan authorities then the matter will be brushed under the carpet as in other instances in the past," Latif said.

Image: Imran Khan
Photographs: Reuters

'Revolution needed in Pakistan cricket'

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Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan feels there needs to be a "revolution" in the country's cricket to rid it of corruption, favoritism and nepotism.

During the opening of the Moin Khan academy, Imran said drastic steps were needed to put things straight in Pakistan cricket.

"If a democratic system is the best way to govern Pakistan cricket than it should be implemented as soon as possible," he told reporters.

Imran said Australia had the best cricket system because of intense competition in their domestic league.

"India after introducing the Indian Premier League has gone from strength to strength and countries that sincerely work on improving their system will always be on top.

"If you have a stable cricket system you will have quality cricket and your selection will be fair. Good administration also means taking preventive steps to keep out corruption in the sport," he said.

"Our cricket needs a revolution like the country. Democracy should prevail and the people running the Pakistan Cricket Board should be accountable for their performances," Imran added.

The President of the country presently nominates the Chairman of the PCB that has been running on an ad hoc basis since 1999.

Image: Imran Khan
Photographs: Reuters
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