Imran Khan insists Pakistan should not be banned from cricket if any of their players are found guilty of 'spot-fixing' allegations.
Former captain Khan says the country should not suffer for the alleged actions of a tiny handful of people.
Khan said: "Why should Pakistan cricket suffer if some players have indulged in a crime? Why should Pakistani supporters suffer because of that?
"The people who are found guilty should be removed from the team and replaced and should be punished as an example for future generation to realise that crime does not pay."
He said he was "shocked" at the allegations.
"It's a very depressing day for Pakistan cricket but I still want to wait until the whole story unfolds until we know whether the allegations are correct."
The allegations could become the biggest setback for Pakistani cricket, he added.
"If they are proved, not just in terms of the best players in the team being implicated but from the public point of view, they would not understand the finer points of the game and each time they lose they will think it's a fixed match, so it has long-term repercussions for Pakistani cricket provided the allegations are true."
The man at the centre of the match-fixing allegations involving the Pakistan cricket team has been bailed without charge.
Mazhar Majeed, 35, was arrested on Saturday as officers investigated claims that reporters paid a middleman £150,000 in return for exact details relating to play during the Lord's Test match.
Four Pakistan players, including captain Salman Butt, gave statements to police over the allegations.
Bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal were the other members of the touring party questioned by the police.
In a statement, Scotland Yard said that Mr Majeed had been bailed to appear before police at a future date.
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