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Warne wants life bans for cheats

Legendary Aussie spinner gets all worked up over Pakistan’s alleged cheating.

Former Australian spinner Shane Warne says that players proved to be involved in the Pakistan’s alleged match-fixing should be banned from cricket for life.

Several Pakistani players, including captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohamed Asif  are currently under the investigation surrounding allegations that Pakistan bowlers threw a series of no balls in their match against England last week.

Warne, who commentated on said match for Australian TV, told the Herald Sun:

“They should be thrown out, simple as that,” Warne said yesterday. “I don’t think there is any other way to do it. If they have been involved in throwing games, they should be banned for life … anybody who is involved should be thrown out.”

“‘Anyone involved in match-fixing, deliberately throwing a match for money, should be banned for life,” he said. “Anyone who is involved in spot-fixing, which is basically not going to affect the outcome of the match, they need to be fined so heavily that in future the message goes crime does not pay. I’m talking particularly about Mohammed Aamer, an 18-year-old with great potential. He has done something wrong, yet I would have imagined it was the senior players that misled him.”

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