Bangalore: Legendary all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee said that players who are involved in fixing should not only be banned, but their records should also be erased to serve as a deterrent against this menace.
“People have to be made examples of and clearly banned. Even take it a step further, even have your records erased for life in the game.
“I think that is the most severe penalty that can happen. Even more than going to jail is to have your record erased from the game… If it needs to go to that stage then players are going to think twice before they indulge in such affairs,” Hadlee said, here, on Saturday.
According to Hadlee, players who are involved in making illegal money let supporters and fans down and “that’s why the penalty must be very severe.”
Any such decision, Hadlee said, lies with the administrators who should consider other options to deal with fixers.
Asked about the controversial Decision Review System (DRS), the former New Zealand cricketer said that he was not in favour of technology as it questions on-field umpires’ decisions.
“My personal view is that I don’t particularly like the captains or players questioning or reviewing the decisions. What I would like is that all the decisions should remain in the hands of the umpires,” he believes.
“Suppose the umpires in the middle have given not out when it’s actually out, the power should go on to the third umpire. He should say ‘Hang on for a minute, let me look at it’ while the bowler is going back to his mark.