Prison sentences to Pak trio a 'wake-up call': Swann

Updated: 14 November 2011 23:48 IST

England spinner Graeme Swann has said the punishment handed out to the three guilty Pakistani players will serve as a "massive wake-up call" for cricket.

Prison sentences to Pak trio a 'wake-up call': Swann

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England spinner Graeme Swann has said the punishment handed out to the three guilty Pakistani players will serve as a "massive wake-up call" for cricket.


The Pakistani trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were found guilty by a Southwark Crown Court on the charges of spot fixing during the Lord's Test between England and Pakistan last year. They were sentenced to jail terms ranging from six to thirty months.

Among fears that the problem of corruption runs deep in cricket, Swann told the Independent: "This 'tip of the iceberg' stuff, I can't say I agree with it."

"If it's as rife as people say then I'd have an inkling, but I don't know anyone in the England team who's had a dodgy approach."

"Even so, I'd like to think that these sentences will act as a massive wake-up call."

"It might just be a guy buying you a bag of peanuts at the bar and asking whether you'll bat first if you win the toss. But from now on that should set off alarm bells."



Topics : Salman Butt Mohammad Amir Mohammad Asif Cricket Graeme Swann
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