President demands its High Commission in London to submit a report on the cricket spot-fixing scam
President Asif Ali Zardari has demanded its High Commission in London to submit a report on the cricket spot-fixing scam, as government also wants to investigate the matter itself. The President during
his yesterday meeting also asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to submit a brief report on how such incidents can be avoided in future.
The three players, Muhammad Amir, Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif, have recently been convicted by a court in London for taking money and bowling planned no-balls during a Test match, which took place in
London last year.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who briefed the President about the whole story, told the reporters that the government will form a commission to avoid such incidents from happening in future.
Muhammad Amir has been sentenced for 6 months, Muhammad Asif 1 year and Salman Butt on the same note has been sentenced for 2 years and 6 months.
Meanwhile, Butt’s family has postponed his sister’s wedding due to the unfortunate incident and his father Zulfikar Ali Butt has claimed if any evidence against his son is provided, he and his son will
be ready to be hanged publically.
“Her in-laws understand our grief,” Salman’s father Zulfikar Ali Butt, who runs a farming business, told AFP. “If Salman’s involvement is proved and evidence is provided that he took money, I tell the
nation that my son Salman and I are ready to be hanged publicly,” Zulfikar said.
The 19-year-old fast bowler, Muhammad Amir, who is the youngest of three, on the other hand during his trials, stated that he was not educated by the Pakistan Cricket Board on the seriousness of the matter.
However, PCB has totally rejected Amir’s statement.
“The PCB never told me just how serious a offence it was to get into these sort of things. They didn’t educate me enough about anti-corruption laws,” Amir was quoted as saying.
“The PCB would like it known for the record that this claim is in total contradiction to the facts,” the PCB added.
It’s a huge loss to Pakistan’s cricket as all these three players were very talented. Anyways let’s hope PCB and the government take necessary measures to stop such incidents from happening in future.