Rahul Dravid calls for fixing to be made a criminal offence

Dravid: 'Fixing should be criminal offence'
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Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid believes that fixing within cricket should be deemed a criminal offence in order to prevent future illegal activity.

Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid believes that making match-fixing and spot-fixing a criminal offence would prove to be a vital deterrent.

Cricket has been marred by illegal activity over the last few years, with three of Dravid's Rajasthan Royals teammates Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila being the latest sportsmen accused of spot-fixing.

In an interview with ESPN, Dravid said: "My personal belief is that education and counselling at a junior level is really important. I think we've got to start early, we've got to start young but that part of it is already being done.

"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. People must see that there are consequences to your actions. That will create fear for people."

The trio were arrested and charged under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act for spot-fixing.

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