It happened. What press and other media have been speculating ever since the spot-fixing scandal has been unearthed, has finally occurred. The Pakistan trio, test captain Salman Butt, opening bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have asked Pakistan Cricket Board to drop them for seven-match one day series against England. But, investigations into alleged corruption will not be stopped. Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan is said to have told the media that they have preferred so due to mental torture they have undergone during the past painful week. It is not that they have committed for wrong doing and they said they were innocent. They were quoted as saying they were disturbed a lot for what had occurred to them without their knowledge. Hasan also said their players’ innocence was true and Pakistan would initiate legal action defending its players.
If the three players are innocent as the high commissioner has believed, it is him to also explain how currency bundles appeared in their hotel rooms. Several retired cricketers of various countries have been demanding to punish the guilty without providing concessions to save the pride of the gentlemen game and to make an example to show what would happen if any other player intends to play fake cricket in future. It seems all of their advices offered for the good of the game are unheeded.
Pakistan has to play two T20 matches against England in Cardiff starting from Sunday. The two teams will also play 7-match series of one-day internationals after the T20 matches. T20 matches will be played by Pakistan by 13 players only. Meanwhile the three dropped players will be replaced by another three by which 16 players will be available for one-day series.
"The boys will focus on the cricket and we are here to play good cricket," Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi told Sky television as per Reuters’ report. England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke said the board welcomed the decision to withdraw Butt, Amir and Asif. "As chairman of the ICC’s (International Cricket Council) Pakistan task team I look forward to working with Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board and everyone involved in taking forward cricket in Pakistan," Clarke said in a statement read to reporters. Clarke has called for an ICC team to visit Pakistan, which has not hosted international cricket since militant gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in March last year.