England’s outspoken batsman Kevin Pietersen has called for life time bans for any cricketer who has been involved in spot-fixing.
The four-time Ashes winning star is currently in Dubai where he has just launched the latest My Citizen Super Titanium Collection of watches and has been speaking to Gulf News.
It is not the first time Pietersen has made the headlines this week after his online discussion with England footballer Jack Wilshire made the back pages earlier in the week over eligibility row.
After Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj burst onto the scene with two goals against Sunderland last week it emerged The FA contacted him about representing the three lions on residency grounds. This is a statement Wilshire appeared to disagree with which Pietersen reacted to.
The Twitter conversation quickly finished despite the on-going media attention to the subject which is set to rumble on for a while yet.
However, the 33-year-olds thoughts turned to spot fixing in cricket when asked by a journalist in the middle-east.
“My views are very clear, if they get caught, finish them for life. I’ve got no interest in any of that nonsense.” Pietersen told Gulf News.
“I love the game of cricket and anyone who tries to mess with it or cheat it or take things away from it doesn’t deserve to have the privilege that we have of playing this great game.”
The powerful batsman was then asked if he had ever seen anything himself to which he replied: “Not a chance, no way. They know what they would probably get from me.”
The line of questioning quickly turned to the t20 format of the game and the hugely successful IPL which Pietersen has been involved with in playing for Delhi Daredevils.
England’s all-time leading run scorer is a huge figure in Asia and he speaks about his admiration for the concept.
“I love the IPL, what they’ve done in India with that tournament is pretty special. All the players love it, it’s fantastic to play in. It’s really fast, fun and the fans love it — we get full houses in every single game, especially there in Delhi.
“The support we’ve got is brilliant. But I suppose you could say the same for every team, it’s incredible. It’s sensational, you get a whole crowd of 60,000 people chanting your name every time you walk on to the field, it’s one of the best feelings you can ever have.”
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