Match-fixers should be banned for life, says Alastair Cook

first_imgEngland captain, Alastair Cook says anybody found guilty of match-fixing should be banned for life. However, speaking ahead of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, Cook said he would have no problem facing Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir, who returns to Lord’s next month for the first time after serving out a five year-ban over his spot-fixing role in 2010. England host Pakistan for a three-Test series in July and Stuart Broad has also added that there would be no animosity towards Amir from the English players but said that the Lord’s crowd could be a different story. “If you are caught match-fixing you should be banned for life,” Cook said.  “The punishment should be that hard because we have to protect the integrity of the game. That’s not to say Amir shouldn’t come back, because the rules were different, but from my point of view the punishment should be harsh enough to deter people from doing it – but that’s if I had any say. “Amir has served his time, he was punished for what he did and quite rightly so because we have to protect the integrity of the game, but I have no problems in playing against him at all.” Cook, who recently went past 10,000 Test runs, was part of that infamous Lord’s Test in 2010 when Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were caught in a sting operation accepting money to bowl no-balls.  However, Amir returned to international cricket recently after serving his five-year ban and six-month jail-term. The left-arm pacer has been included in Pakistan’s Test squad for the England tour and might get to play on the same ground, if his visa gets granted. Pakistan play the first Test against England at Lord’s on July 14.advertisementlast_img read more