Cook reveals worries over prevalent spot-fixing in cricket
England Test and ODI captain Alastair Cook has revealed that he is concerned about spot-fixing that is prevalent in cricket after British media reported that New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum claimed that he had been approached to under-perform by a 'hero' in matches back in 2008.
Cook said that one can know the 'tell-tale' signs, but one can always do more if it is still going on now, adding spot-fixing is becoming a worry.
According to Sport24, Cook, who played in the controversial Lord's Test of 2011 that led to three Pakistan players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Aamer being banned and jailed for spot-fixing, said that he has already been involved in a high-profile game which has been changed by corrupt practices that cheapen the sport.
The skipper said that there are more and more cases of spot-fixing that seem to be coming up now, adding that it makes one incredibly worried, as he knows from he plays the game that one is trying to protect the values, traditions and history of the game and to play it in the right way.
Cook said that he has never been exposed to these corrupt practices personally and he does not know how deep it goes, but it is obviously a very serious situation.
Cook further said that people have said that it is the tip of the iceberg, and if that is the case and more and more comes out, then it would damage the sport.
(Posted on 20-05-2014)