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Punishment insufficient, says public

Published: Monday, December 11, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Kanpur: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)'s action against tainted cricketers in the match-fixing scandal was 'insufficient' and the government must ensure a more stringent punishment to them.This view emerged during an interaction the UNI had with a cross-section of the crowd, which had come to see the fourth One-dayer between India and Zimbabwe here on Monday.Most of the people were of the opinion that the BCCI action was ''insufficient and ineffective'', and the government should even go to the extent of forfeiting the assets earned by the tainted players from the game of cricket.The people also dismissed that former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin was dragged into the matter because of his minority origin, calling it ''a useless communal twist given to the match-fixing episode''.However, a few believed that the BCCI action was enough to give the guilty a lesson.International woman cricket player Reeta Dey, condemning the attempts to give communal twist to the scandal, said the government should become harder and impose penalty against the guilty players.Ms Dey, however, said the BCCI had its limitations and could not have meted out anything beyond the life ban on players. But the government must enact laws and rules so that the tainted players were subjected to heavy cash penalty for their misdeeds. She ridiculed the life ban against Azharuddin, saying the he was already 38 and had already achieved what he could from the game. ''It was not befitting for a sportsman like Azhar to blame his minority origin for the indictment,'' She said adding that the Shahi Imam also gave an ugly turn to the situation by wrongly advocating for Azhar. UNI

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