Kevin Pietersen, the former England player has called for the Intentional Cricket Council (ICC) to ban spot-fixers and those who take drugs for the rest of the life, without giving them a second chance. Pietersen implicated that they do not deserve a second chance after fooling the spectators and the fellow players of their right to play and watch a clean game. The star batsman, also one of the top run-scorers for England made the above comments in his column for the Telegraph on Monday (July 11).
“When they are taking money and cheating in a game, they are actually dishonoring the great history of this game and the viewers, who support them with heart. That is why they don’t even need a second chance. One should not bring disrespect to a thing, which provides you food”, Pietersen commented.
“This is not just about Amir or any other player who have received a second chance. There may be a plenty of them who have been caught doing wrong acts or may have even escaped by involving in spot-fixing”, Pietersen added.
He also underlined the fact that most of the sub-continent players are not rich and hence, the offer of 50,000 per no-ball lures them to involve in fixing.
Also, the 36-year old right-hand batsman recalled the incident in 2010 being part of a team playing against Pakistan, when the match-fixing scandal was unearthed. “It was a sad day for us. Every one of us felt sick. It was no good for us. I can’t describe that feeling of being lost, even after winning the game. It was an unexpected experience. The England players were not at all willing to play the game, but we were forced to follow the rule”, he revealed.
However, Pietersen warned the England public that taunting Amir will not help the home team in any way and that instead it may give the additional strength to the bowler to outperform. “This art of sledging or taunting the bowler will not work for the England team. Amir, is a good bowler and has the ability to swing the ball late. It is difficult to face him, when he gets going. Yes, the match at the Lord’s will be an interesting one and even I am waiting for it start. But, one thing the England public and the players of the team must notice is that sledging or any other form of teasing the player will not work against Amir. It will actually help him to get motivated for producing the best”.
Pietersen also revealed that he had been approached by the Pakistan cricket board to work as a batting consultant for the Pakistan team. But, the former England player had dismissed the offer citing busy schedule and other commitments