Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has vouched for a lifetime ban on players involved in spot-fixing and said the culprits should be not be allowed to return to the field again.
While speaking to media regarding the alleged corruption scandal that flared up during the recent edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Misbah said the scandal has been ‘very disappointing’ and undermined his efforts to better the image of Pakistan after the infamous spot-fixing debacle that shook the cricketing landscape of the country.
“We did our best to clean the game up and the seven years of hard work and our image is now spoilt to a great extent. You cannot afford this again and again,” he said.
“We had almost changed the team’s image with the tour in England and the performance of the team on and off the field. We revived the team but now it feels like out efforts have been wasted,” the captain said.
“We have to rebuild our image,” Misbah added.
The opening batsman, Mohammad Hafeez, also suggested stern punishments for the involved to rid Pakistan cricket of the corruption practices.
“We in the past witnessed very bad times due to such [corrupt] practices; and now again [unfortunately] we are going through the same phase. [Therefore] I think time has come for us to take some tough decisions aimed at eradicating this menace of fixing once and for all,” Hafeez said while speaking as guest of the Sports Journalists Association of Lahore (SJAL) here on Saturday.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended five players, including star opener Sharjeel Khan and paceman Mohammad Irfan, as a part of the ongoing probe into the alleged wrongdoings during the tournament, with at least two players still in investigation by the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit
This week, the ACU has issued a Notice of Charge to Shahzaib Hasan and was given 14 days to respond to the charge sheet laid against him. Earlier, Nasir Jamshed was also barred from taking part in all forms of the game.
Pakistan will start the tour of West Indies with a four-match T20 series from March 26.
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