Miandad, Afridi want precedent set of players damaging country’s image
ISLAMABAD: Batting legend Javed Miandad believed anyone who is involved in spot or match fixing should not be pardoned saying we need to set a tough precedent out of them.
“If players are involved in fixing or any corrupt activities, then we need to show everyone that there is no room for such players in cricket. We need to set a tough precedent out of them,” he said on his YouTube channel.
Miandad, who represented Pakistan in Tests and One-Day Internationals between 1975 and 1996, was of the view that these cricketers were not even being true to their families by involving themselves in corrupt activities. “How can a player be true to the country if he is not sincere to his family or relatives,” he said and added harsh punishments must be given to players if found guilty.
“If an example is set of such players then no cricketer will even think of spot or match fixing,” Miandad, who was honoured with the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 1992, said.
Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has backed Mohammad Hafeez in exhorting the cricket authorities to set an example in corruption cases unearthed in their country.
Hafeez has been vocal in demanding a life ban for all such players who are found guilty of corruption in the game. He has also questioned the need to allow batsman, Sharjeel Khan back in the national team after he completed a ban for spot-fixing in the PSL.
Sharjeel had admitted to his involvement in spot-fixing while going through the rehab programme of the PCB for players who completed their bans.
“I feel these examples should have been set in the past but this didn’t happen and that is why we have seen such cases on regular basis,” Afridi told the Geo channel.
“I have nothing against anyone but even now if the Board wants to set an example it can do that. Only then can we hope to curtail such cases,” he added.
Umar Akmal is the latest Pakistan player who has courted controversy as he has been charged by the PCB on two separate counts of breaching the anti-corruption code.
Afridi who remains a big supporter of Umar and consistently picked him in the national team when he was captain said he was disappointed to see Umar get entangled in a new controversy. – Agencies