Corruption has damaged Pakistan cricket as much as Lahore attack on Lankan team: Zaheer Abbas
By: PTI | Karachi |

Published: April 21, 2020 10:45:43 am


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Pakistan batting nice Zaheer Abbas says the PCB has been “soft” in coping with corruption in nation’s cricket which, based on him, has been as damaging for the sport right here as the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan crew.

The former captain was giving his views on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) current transfer, asking the federal government to criminalise fixing in sports activities.

“It is the right thing to do for the Pakistan board because for too long, we have been soft while dealing with corruption cases and these have led to a string of scandals which badly damaged our image and also hurt our cricket’s progress,” Abbas stated.

“If the militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus dealt a big blow to Pakistan cricket as we were forced to play away from home, these corruption scandals have not been less damaging to our cricket over the years,” he reasoned.

Abbas stated a laws to criminalise fixing ought to have been pushed by the board much earlier as it will have prevented current instances of spot-fixing.

“In the end it is Pakistan cricket which suffered as we lost good players and more importantly we sent out the wrong message to cricketers and even those who try to lure, entice and corrupt players,” he stated.

Known as the ‘Asian Bradman’, Abbas stated he want to see the board convey all these gamers to e-book, who’ve been discovered responsible or had any involvement in corrupting the sport.

“I say spare no one because this is the worst thing a cricketer can do to his country, team and sports,” Abbas stated.

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, in a current podcast, stated he has spoken to the federal government to legislate a legislation which might make match-fixing and spot-fixing felony offences in future.

Mani stated it will empower the investigators to probe financial institution accounts and property of a participant suspected of wrongdoing.

Abbas stated he at all times felt unhappy when instances of corruption emerged as a result of he couldn’t fathom why any cricketer would become involved when there was so much to be earned legally from the sport.

“The earnings of the players from playing domestic cricket, for their national teams, in T20 leagues, endorsements, sponsorships is so much that at times, it is hard to comprehend what is wrong with the players who get caught in this web of corruption,” he stated.

“These bookmakers should not be spared as well,” he stated.

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Pakistan’s former Test pacer, Aaqib Javed additionally stated in a separate interview that gamers discovered responsible of corruption shouldn’t be allowed again into the game.

“I feel previously many occasions authorities took improper selections considering so and so participant (s) is indispensable for us or he’ll win matches.

“If swift action had been taken in the past things would have been different,” he stated.

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