Pakistan’s defeat by innings and 225 runs in the hands of England on Sunday has come to be a completion of a black day for Pakistan Cricket team as it has fallowed a corruption scandal that broke out with the sting operation conducted by the British tabloid ‘News of the World.’ It is alleged that the Pakistan’s pace-men Mohammed Amir and Mohammad Asif have deliberately bowled 3 no balls on the opening day of the 4th test match on last Thursday.
Demands have been coming up from all sides, particularly from ex-players of all countries that play cricket to punish the guilty with life ban. In the past, 3 cricket men were handed ‘life ban’ for committing ‘match-fixing,’ way back in 2000. Saleem Malik of Pakistan, Mohammad Azaruddin of India and Honsie Cronje of South Africa were banned from playing cricket for their life terms. Recently Azaruddin has asked to allow him to play benefit matches at least, but was denied bluntly.
After the report of ‘deliberate no balls’ was published, British police arrested a man of 35 years on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers. Police were said to confiscate cell phones of Amir, Asif and Pak captain Latif Butt.
Sting operation was conducted on a bookie who disclosed before a secret camera that Pakistan players were more inclined to money, women and food. He is quoted as saying he could influence at least 6 to 7 players of the present team of Pakistan. The tabloid is fully co-operating with the police investigation, including handing over of the video, as reported by ‘The Hindu’ the national English newspaper in India.
The fans were even denied to be spectators for prize distribution ceremony at the end of 4th test match on Sunday. Amir was presented with the Pakistan’s player of the series but he was not offered applause while receiving the award as per the Reuters’ report. Pakistan’s sports minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani said he was waiting for the report from Pakistan Cricket Board. If any player was found guilty of involving in spot-fixing he will be punished with life ban, he said as per Reuters.