'Unfair to ban the whole Pakistan team': Ponting

Published: Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 17:37 [IST]
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'Unfair to ban the whole Pakistan team'

Australian Captain Ricky Ponting feels the spot-fixing scam can be dealt in an appropriate manner but it would be unfair to ban the whole Pakistan team for the alleged involvement of their three players.

"I think that's going a bit too far, let's just start with the people we know about at the moment and make sure they're dealt with in the appropriate manner," Ponting said.

"I think to ban a whole team would probably be a bit unfair. The world game doesn't really need that, (and) can't really afford that to happen. I know the world game can't afford these sorts of scandals happening in the game either," he was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.

The Pakistan team is in the midst of a betting scam, where fast bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif are alleged to have bowled pre-arranged no-balls in the Lord"s Test, which England won by an innings and 225 runs.

The Sydney Test early this year between Pakistan and Australia also came under scanner after Pakistani opener Yasir Hameed was caught on camera saying that the SCG Test was rigged and his team-mates pocketed USD 3 millions for the staged loss.

The International Cricket Council(ICC) has sent an official notice to Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal notifying him that he is under investigation for allegedly fixing the Sydney Test match.

Ponting also said that the Australian team are well aware of anti-corruption laws and their responsibilities.

"We as an Australian group of players are educated very well on this and know how to handle different situations that pop up," said Ponting.

The Australian team is scheduled to leave for a Test and One-day tour of India on September 19.


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