No balls ban

September 08, 2010, 10:05 PM GMT+0

The Pakistani cricket team should face a temporary ban from the sport in light of investigations into an alleged spot-fixing scam that implicates three team members, says the British public.

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have been suspended from the sport pending a full investigation into suspected match-fixing which allegedly saw team members deliberately bowling no balls at pre-determined moments in the fourth Test between Pakistan and England at Lord’s cricket ground.

59% of Brits feel that the indicted Pakistani cricket squad should face a temporary ban from international cricket as punishment for the accusations against three of their players.

To ban or not ban?

However, 28% of the public appear more forgiving and don’t seem to think that imposing a ban on the entire team is the way forward. This is despite News of the World allegations that the players’ agent Mazhar Majeed reportedly accepted £150,000 from an undercover reporter to arrange the no balls.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, has spoken specifically about the accused players, maintaining that the trio are ‘innocent until proven guilty’, but that a life ban should be imposed on them if the accusations prove correct.

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