Alastair Cook: England captain wants life bans for match-fixers
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England captain Alastair Cook has called for life bans for players found guilty of match-fixing.
But he said he would have "no problem" playing against Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir, who served a five-year ban for the lesser crime of spot-fixing and is set to tour England this summer.
"Amir has served his time," said Cook.
Amir has been named in Pakistan's squad for the four-Test series starting on 14 July, although he is waiting to find out if he will be granted a UK visa.
The left-arm pace bowler, 24, was jailed for three months for his part in a spot-fixing scam against England at Lord's in 2010 that also involved team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.
"It's kind of ironic that his first Test match back will probably be here at Lord's," said the 31-year-old Cook.
"I'm perfectly happy for him to come back and play, but in my opinion - because it's become a bit more prevalent - the ICC (International Cricket Council) should come out and say that if you are caught match-fixing you are banned for life.
"That's what we should do to try and protect the game."