Life ban on Kaneria too 'harsh': Mushtaq Mohammad

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Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 13:17 [IST]
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Life ban on Kaneria too 'harsh': Mushtaq

Karachi, Jun 28: Former Pakistan Test captain, Mushtaq Mohammad feels the life ban imposed on tainted cricketer Danish Kaneria as 'harsh' while a five-year ban would have been sufficient.

Defending Kaneria who was slammed a life-ban for his corrupt activities, Mushtaq said the board should have given a five-year ban than imposing a life ban similar to the tainted trio, Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif.

"Cricket was Danish's profession and whilst he has erred, I don't think the disciplinary panel should have given him a ban for life. I think a ban of five years like that imposed upon Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif would have been the right punishment," Mushtaq, who played 57 Tests for Pakistan, said.

Mushtaq also backed the corrupt cricketer as he has vowed to appeal the sanction, and said Kaneria has rights to challenge the ban imposed on him and felt the issue was blown out of proportion.

"I think Danish is well within his rights to challenge the life ban through whatever means are available to him, as I think a life  ban is an over-the-top punishment," he added.

Such incidents show Pakistan cricket in bad light, as it marks another embarrassing chapter in the history of Pakistan cricket. Moreover, Mushtaq said unfortunately most of the players who were found guilty were Pakistan cricketers over the past one year.

Mushtaq also felt that ICC urging to have a worldwide ban on Kaneria, was also something that was ruled out of proportion according to Mushtaq.

"The Kaneria episode is another sad and embarrassing chapter for Pakistan cricket. It seems to be one thing after another for Pakistan cricket, which has been heavily dented by these players who were found guilty in the past year or so.

"In my opinion these players have no morals and they use their cricketing ability for the wrong reasons. I'm glad they have been caught and punished and it's high time that Pakistani cricketers got their house in order and cleaned up their act. They are dragging down the name of Pakistan and devaluing the green cap that has been proudly worn by many before them," Mushtaq told a portal pakistanpassion.net

He further spoke about the reason why cricketers succumb to such activities as they are financially in need of certain things, and cannot afford it due to their economic status which forces them to involve in such incidents which brings disrepute to the country and the individual.

"The majority of cricketers in Pakistan come from poor families and when they come into the cricketing limelight and see so much money floating around, sadly temptation gets the better of them. When they are approached by the bookmakers, those cricketers with weak morals are then bought and tempted by the possibility of making easy money.

"They may be reluctant to get involved at first and fear the consequences of being caught. But when they succeed the first time, get away with it and receive their payments from the bookmakers, then corruption and greed grows and there is no going back. Once a player sees how easy it is to make money then others also get tempted and it spreads like a disease," explained Mushtaq.


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