Brett Lee defends Indian subcontinent cricket teams after spot-fixing taint

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 03, 2011 07:20 hrs

Australian fast bowler Brett Lee reckons that the Indian subcontinent should not be painted as the problem when it comes to match-fixing or spot-fixing in cricket.

Lee's comment comes after Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were found guilty by London's Southwark Crown Court of involvement in a spot-fixing scam during the 2010 Lord's Test against England.

The duo has been convicted of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat at gambling.

Lee, however, says that corruption involves a tiny minority and can happen in any country.

"What I will say publicly is that it's not just the subcontinent and I don't want to focus on Pakistan or India or people might think it's because (of) the subcontinent," quoted Lee, as saying.

"It's every day, (an) every walk of life type of thing and it's not just cricket. The most important thing is, I believe, that every time I walked out on the field, and the players that have played with me, there was certainly nothing that would ever make me think personally that there was something dodgy going on," he added.

The 34-year-old is also confident that cricket would rebound from the pounding its reputation has taken following the current scandal.

"I do believe that cricket has got a great image. This will obviously tarnish it to a certain extent, but I do believe that rather than focusing on the negatives that we can focus on the positives," Lee said.

"Yes, it's an issue. It's hopefully been dealt with, but I always look to the positives," he added.

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