February 23, 2019

Pakistan Cricketers questioned about match fixing scam

We are very unhappy about reports that Majeed got 150,000 pounds for the no-balls. We only got a fraction of that which is the real scandal here

Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif have been questioned by police over claims they were involved in a betting scam.

The International Cricket Council anti-corruption unit – News of the World – has filmed a man with connections to the Pakistan team accepting £150,000 in exchange for advance details of three no-balls which would be bowled. Investigators then watched as on the three of the biggest no-balls ever bowled were delivered.

Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the players have been severely punished already by having their mobile phones taken away.

After the Third Test at Lords finished with a heavy Innings and 225 runs defeat to Pakistan, captain Salman Butt said he and his team-mates had “given our best. I would say that everybody in this team has given 100%.” Given 100% to whom Salman?

Team manager Yawar Saeed said cricket was not “institutionally corrupt” in Pakistan, and the claims were unproven. He said the forthcoming Twenty20 and one-day internationals against England from 5 to 22 September would go ahead as planned.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have closed ranks and issued a combined statement that no player nor team official had been arrested. They also said “As this is now subject to a police investigation neither ICC, ECB, PCB nor the ground authority, the MCC, will make any further comment.” Yes the ‘cone of silence’ has descended on the whole affair as far as they are concerned.

Meanwhile the politicians back in Pakistan have no such fear about commenting on the scandal and confronting it head-on. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani said the allegations made his country “bow its head in shame”. He has asked his government’s Ministry of Sport to conduct an inquiry.

Pakistan’s Sports Minister Ijaz Jakhrani said any players found guilty would face life bans.”We will take strict action, but first we will have to look at the inquiry report [from the British police] and once it is out and implicates someone then we will give exemplary punishment,” he said. If any wrongdoing was proven, he said “all the players involved must forget to play for Pakistan in the future”.