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'The punishment seems appropriate'

Sharda Ugra joins Karachi-based cricket writer Saad Shafqat to discuss the PCB's decision to ban Nadeem Ghauri and Anis Siddiqui, and the ramifications for Pakistan cricket (00:00)

April 13, 2013

Posted by time_out on (April 13, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

I agree with safiadil. If we are serious about deterrence, it is absolutely necessary to make an example of these initial cases. There is no real reason to go soft just because no crime was actually committed. Willingness or even proclivity, once established is sufficient to bar a person from occupying a position requiring unquestionable integrity. Umpires are not unlike judges; they derive their authority from the unquestioned presumption of objectivity and impartiality that is their's by default. If that cracks even to the slightest degree, they cannot function effectively. I doubt if someone like Nadeem Ghauri will EVER be able to stand as an umpire for any first class match again, even after the 5 year sentence is up. This is for all practical purposes the end of his umpiring career - so why not go ahead and frame the sentence as such and get maximum deterrence mileage from it???

Posted by BrainiacCA on (April 13, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

I believe the punishment is not severe enough to deter officials and players from committing such acts in the future. Its true that they didn't actually commit this crime but its most probable that they did made false decisions for the money at some other venue. They should be banned for life and also fined a hefty amount of money because that's what they care about and that's where its gonna hurt them and act as a deter.

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