LAHORE Pakistans legendary cricketer Imran Khan has said that spot-fixing and betting might be going on uninterrupted in many countries and was not just a problem confined to Pakistan cricket. Speaking to a satellite channel, Imran said that the ICC and other cricket authorities needed to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter in the world of cricket. I still fear that there is no way to stop betting and spot fixing. How can anyone tell that something is wrong if a batsman plays a maiden over or if a bowler bowls a no-ball, the cricketer-turned-politician said. He pointed out that even in the present case, it was not the ICC anti-corruption and security unit that had unearthed the case, but it came to the fore because of the media. We really dont know the scale of this problem at the moment. There are only allegations against our players but one thing I know is that if Scotland Yard is involved then they will reach a fair conclusion, he said. I told them this is the time to root out this disease. I think that perhaps if at that time the board had taken decisive action we would never have seen this problem emerge again in our cricket, he said. Imran, however, also made the point that bookmakers and betting in cricket was nothing new and had been going on for years now. And the trail always leads to India because the real betting mafia operates out of Mumbai. I remember when we used to tour India we used to hear a lot of about how players had been approached by bookmakers to fix matches, he said. He also recalled how in 1988 during a tournament in Sharjah, a bookie had called him up late night and informed him that four of his players had been brought by bookies and would under-perform in next days final. I just went out next day and warned the team I was keeping a close watch on them and if I even suspected someone had not given his best he would not only never play for Pakistan again but be put behind bars, he said.