Waqar Shah, a senior sports lawyer in Mishcon de Reya's Dispute Resolution department, commented on the recent cricket ball-tampering scandal and the implications the punishment may or may not have for players. He said: “The punishment doesn’t seem to come anywhere near fitting the crime… The whole thing stinks of flagrant cheating but, if that’s all you’re going to get punished for ball tampering, then it doesn’t seem much of a deterrent. Players are going to think, ‘We may as well give it a go’. It seems like a real lacuna in the ICC’s regulations.”
John Stephenson, the assistant secretary of MCC, said it was time “for a major shift in attitude and culture of all those with responsibility for leadership within the game to give young players the kind of role models who will uphold standards, preserve cricket and, vitally, the spirit of cricket for future generations”.
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