Rahul Dravid: Make spot-fixing a crime, players must fear police

The former Indian captain refers to cycling and says how athletes do not fear dope tests as much as they fear police and going to jail. Says education and awareness important but criminal penalty best deterrent to check cheating in cricket.

updated: August 07, 2013 12:30 IST
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Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid says match and spot-fixing should be made criminal offences and is sure that this would be a major deterrent for cricketers contemplating making a quick buck.

The former Indian captain, who has been made a prosecution witness in allegations of spot-fixing against three of his Rajasthan Royals' teammates, feels that educating youngsters can help them keep off unscrupulous activities but adds that it may not serve the complete purpose. (Also read: Dravid says players guilty of spot-fixing have cheated selectors)

"My personal belief is that education and counseling at a junior level is really important. (However) I don't think only education can work, policing it and having the right laws and ensuring that people when they indulge in this kind of activities are actually punished," Dravid told ESPNCricinfo. "People must see that there are consequences to your actions. That will create fear for people." (Also watch: Is it time for a players' union in India)

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