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ACB should have banned Mark, Shane

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dubai: Former Australian pace bowler Craig McDermott advocates a ban on Australian stars Mark Waugh and Shane Warne for accepting money from an Indian bookmaker during the 1994 tour of Sri Lanka, saying such an action would deter younger players from indulging in any unsavoury practices."The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) should have banned Mark Waugh and Shane Warne for their act. Such an action from the ACB would have made younger players think before wrecking their careers," McDermott, the third highest wicket-taker for Australia after Warne and Dennis Lillee, was quoted as saying in 'Gulf News'.McDermott, who has turned into a leading property builder in Australia, is here to appear on a radio channel as part of an opportunities promotion campaign.He said, "Any player who has been involved in match-fixing or has been named in this connection should be banned...They have done irreparable damage to the game."Waugh was believed to have accepted $ 6,000, while Warne received $ 5,000 from bookmakers. The ACB let them off after imposing a fine of $ 10,000 and $ 8,000 respectively.Talking about other subjects connected with cricket, McDermott said he regarded Sunil Gavaskar as the greatest batsman he has bowled to. "It is very difficult to define his weakness. He was mentally very strong and being a short man, I could not bounce and hit him on his chest or head to disturb him. Any type of abuse too never worked with him."Talking about sledging, which is being used by the Australian pacers, the Australian bowler, who picked up 291 Test and 231 One-day wickets before quitting the game owing to recurring knee and ankle injuries, said, "Players from all countries sledge. Australians probably are a little more aggressive. Some of the Indian and Pakistani fast bowlers are as good as anybody."When asked whether sledging should be allowed as a strategy to get wickets, he said, "There are people who are affected by sledging and some who are not. For example, if one sledges to Gavaskar, he will only dig in his heels and score more runs. There are some who can be easily effected by sledging and they are the ones players pick on."Regarding the criticism that Australian umpires are biased against Asians, he said, "Do not forget I have never got a leg before decision against (Pakistan's) Javed Miandad." He did not elaborate.UNI

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