LAHORE Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy has declared Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal innocent of match-fixing despite his butter-gloved display in the Sydney Test in January this year. Vice-captain Akmal then dropped four catches in Australias second innings, which allowed the home side to make a remarkable fight back and secure an astonishing 36-run win. The Daily and Analysis reported Healy as saying that Akmal had approached him before the three-Test series and asked for advice about his poor form. He was stiff as a board and extremely tense. You couldnt drop those on purpose they way he was doing it, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Healy , as saying. His technique had gone off, which he told me about two weeks before - the ball wasnt going into his glove that well for the spinners. I said to him look, well work on that in Hobart. I wasnt going to the Sydney Test . And then he did that. It didnt look to me as if they were on purpose at all, Healy added. Healy preferred to look at the brighter side of the recent allegations. Im pleased its been caught or exposed, thats the best thing about it. Wed be stupid to think this is new. How long has this lurk been going on? Its a long time Im sure, but its been caught which is awesome. I dont think its disturbing, I think its great that its been caught, he said. Healy felt players guilty of match fixing had no excuses and should be dealt with harshly. If youre into this, you havent got a feeling or a desire for your country, its simple as that, Healy said. Theyre probably crook, theyre ill and they dont care enough about their country for mine. Before you even consider the money, they are throwing away a career or risking a career for one fee and hopefully those types have been caught, he said.