Tainted Pakistan opener Salman Butt has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its board members to punish those who drag players into the spot-fixing menace.
The 32-year-old opening batsman was the mastermind of the spot-fixing scandal that took place during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010 and along with fast-bowlers – Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir – was banned for five years and served jail time.
“The players are seen as the main culprits whenever some corruption comes out. But I think the International Cricket Council and its member boards also need to think about how to also punish those people who try to lure players into fixing,” Butt said on Geo Super channel.
“We have seen players who get caught in this fixing racket get punished. I have been through it and have paid heavily for it. I have learnt my lesson. But what about those who induce us into such practice,” he added.
Speaking about the recent match-fixing scandal that rocked the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Butt said getting rid of corruption from the game is next to impossible.
“It can’t happen, it happens in every sport and not only cricket. It is human nature that some individuals will always fall into the trap of greed. That is why I say steps are also required to punish individuals who trap players,” he concluded.