Flamboyant former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has once again taken a hard hitting stance against match-fixers in his recent interaction on the sidelines of the Big Bash League.
Pietersen, who is an integral part of the Melbourne Stars, opened up about accommodating proven match-fixers in international cricket, and was of the stern view that there should be no place for such individuals in the game.
The swashbuckling batsman had earlier invited controversy when he spoke against proven fixers like Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif during Pakistan’s tour of England earlier this year. The now exiled England star has reiterated his stance on the issue with an even bolder context.
“It really pisses me off when I see people taking the short cuts,” Pietersen said. “I’ve never taken short cuts in training, and when people start taking short cuts for a little bit of cash, it annoys me. “I don’t think we’re going to stop it. Whenever there’s television, the reality is it’s going to be there.”
Appreciating Cricket Australia (CA) for their anti-corruption measures, Pietersen said, “But I think Cricket Australia does as good a job as any nation around the world in trying to combat it. We get all the meetings and all the information. “They always give the players all the information they need, they tell them all the stories, they talk about how approaches are, they talk about everything that goes on with it. “If you’re one of those players who gets approached, and you make the stupid decision to go down the wrong avenue, you’ve just got to belt them away from cricket. Because it really irritates me, it annoys me.”
The right-handed batsman admitted he had never been approached to fix a game. “I’ve never been approached, never seen it. I’ve heard stories, I’ve heard how they approach and how they go at stuff in the past couple of weeks.”
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