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Shastri: Follow the NZ example

Calcutta: Ravi Shastri, a former India captain, would like governments across the globe to follow New Zealand’s example and amend laws to make match-fixing a criminal offence.

Earlier this month, New Zealand amended its Crimes Act, 1961, to include match-fixing.

“That’s the way forward... You can’t totally eradicate fixing, but you can certainly minimise it,” Shastri told The Telegraph.

Speaking on Tuesday, Shastri added: “There are controversies in every discipline and allegations of fixing have cropped up in sport as diverse as soccer and horse racing...

“What can you do if one or two rogue elements decide to indulge in fixing? Murderers face capital punishment, yet murders take place...

“Basically, then, it’s up to the individuals and we need strong enough deterrents in place. Whatever is wrong has to be nipped in the bud, there’s no choice.”

Reacting to the revelations by Lou Vincent, a former New Zealand cricketer, Shastri said: “People point fingers at the subcontinent, but there are allegations of fixing in other places as well...

“So, it’s time to look at another hemisphere, not just focus on the subcontinent.”

Besides Vincent, two other New Zealanders — captain Brendon McCullum and enfant terrible Chris Cairns — have been in the news.

While New Zealand Cricket has had to deny that McCullum isn’t being investigated, Cairns has had to tell the world that he’s no fixer!