Melbourne, Nov 4 (IBNS) Players' Union chief Tim May and former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds warned that the conviction of three Pakistani players in a spot-fixing scam doesn't mean end of corruption in cricket.
May said the convictions of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer along with their agent Mazhar Majeed cannot clean up the sport and the International Cricket Council (ICC) needs to do more.
"There´s concern that the practice of spot-fixing and other types of fixing still appear to be prevalent in our game, despite the millions spent by ICC on education and the creation of the ICC´s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit ( ACSU)," May was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
"(There´s) sadness that three young cricketers will face jail time, but satisfaction that the prosecution has been able to identify corruption and deliver a loud and clear message to players of all sports - that if you are caught cheating the integrity of sport, you will be prosecuted and face severe penalties."
May said the best way to get rid of the fixing is by educating players.
"We need to ensure that cricket´s anti-corruption unit functions effectively and has access to the respective tools and information that can identify those who seek to harm our game," May said.
Symonds said he always knew that match-fixing happened in cricket.
"When I was playing, we were always of the opinion that it was going on. Something needed to be done about it. I don´t think people are going to think that´s the end of it," he said.
"Hopefully, it gets stamped out through this and it´s an ongoing process and we can slowly weed it out of this game."