7 Feb 2011

Strauss urges clean-up at cricket's highest level

5:40 am on 7 February 2011

The England captain Andrew Strauss urged cricket authorities to be as thorough as possible in cleaning up corruption at the sports highest level.

In the wake of three Pakistan players being banned from playing for at least five years each for spot fixing during an England-Pakistan Test match, Strauss says it's important to send a clear message.

He says the important thing with any punishment is that it sends a strong message to people who might be tempted to do it in the future that if you do it, your career is going to be substantially reduced if not completely destroyed.

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt was banned for 10 years and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer for a total of 12 years after being found guilty of corruption by an International Cricket Council tribunal.

The three players were allegedly involved in spot-fixing by deliberately bowling no-balls at prearranged times during the fourth Test against England in August.