Stories about spot-fixing

Spot-fixing: Why the double standards for Indian players?

Pakistan as a nation was exposed to ridicule brought on it by three of its leading cricket players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir in August 2010 when they were first charged, and later found guilty of spot-fixing. The sport which was known to provide Pakistan its greatest scene of triumph and pride was turned into a source of embarrassment. The players were immediately suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The international media – English and Indian scribes in particular – went on to repeat the question of whether Pakistan should be allowed to continue to play cricket ...

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Spot-fixing scandal: Give Butt and Asif another chance

Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif are once again in the spotlight, embroiled in the on-going spot-fixing controversy stemming from the infamous tour of England in 2010.  Their appeals against the ICC ban have been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) just yesterday. However, Butt, who has been in the news more often than the other two, still aims to play international cricket again, although, he must serve his ban for the sin he has committed. He stated: “I will be 30 by the time the ban is finished. Let’s see if the motivation is still there.” “I am trying to keep myself ...

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Pakistan cricket: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

The 2003 cricket World Cup in South Africa was the last global tournament to host a Pakistani team full of superstars; steady openers, lethal fast bowlers and a world class middle order. Many pundits and spectators thought the team would recreate the performances of the1999 World Cup, in which the men in green made it all the way to the final. Little did they know that this time the team would not even make it past the first round! Waqar’s boys lost to three cricketing giants — Australia, England and India — while their game against Zimbabwe was washed out. The two wins ...

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There is no need for players who betray their country

The spot fixing scandal which shook the foundations of Pakistan cricket in 2010 has become, as it seems, a never ending nightmare. Most of us thought it ended after the culprits, Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amir were banned by ICC, followed by their conviction and jail sentence by British courts but this scandal continues to make headlines to date. In a recent blog at The Express Tribune, the blogger appealed for their comeback, his line of reasoning mainly being that our country has exonerated bigger criminals than these three cricketers and that match fixing happens all over the world and ...

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Reinstate Salman, Asif and Aamir

Salman Butt, former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, recently pleaded for a revival of his career, which was truncated after he was banned for spot-fixing in a Test against England in 2010. His fellow pacemen Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir were also banned by the ICC after being found guilty of deliberately contriving no-balls. So did their offence deserve such punishment? The English Premier League in Europe was recently tied to a match-fixing scandal. Liverpool’s 2009 Champions League match against Debrecen is now being deliberated as a fixed event. Europol director Rob Wainwright had announced that a Champions League match played ...

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Pressing questions: Should Misbah call it a day?

A series victory typically covers a team’s weaknesses as the focus then revolves around how the series was won, which players performed exceptionally, and then generally how good the leadership and management was. However, such is not the case in Pakistan’s 2-1 series victory over India. It is a great feat no doubt! Beating India in India and almost clean sweeping them is an achievement and a half; however the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should not shy away from assessing the overall team performance during the series and fixing the ODI team. Pakistan’s Test and T20 teams are quite brilliant in my view. ...

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Mohammad Asif: The man who did not know best

I always regret not being there at the National Stadium Karachi to watch the historic test match (January 2006) in which Pakistan beat India to win a rare series. On a helpful pitch under a generous cloud cover, Pakistan’s fast bowling disintegrated a strong Indian batting line-up. I was doing my A’ levels at that time, and out of the many bunked classes, I still can’t believe I didn’t bunk school for that day’s play. The highlight of the game, apart from Irfan Pathan’s first over hat-trick, will remain in memory for the absolute mastery of Mohammad Asif with the ball as ...

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Mohammad Aamir, we want you back!

Not too long ago, Pakistan witnessed the début of one of the most talented and mesmerising young bowlers in the history of cricket. An aspiring teenager who, at the age of 17, had begun bowling for his country in all formats of cricket. Yes, I am talking about the very promising Mohammad Aamir. I don’t think anyone has been able to forget what a match-winner this lad had proven to be. Who can forget those deadly spells that played a significantly important part in winning us the World T20 in 2009, or the sight of a 17-year-old showing Sachin Tendulkar the way ...

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To hell with ODIs and T20s; it’s Test cricket that matters!

When the ICC made the annual adjustments to its Test team rankings to reflect the recent form, a couple of days ago, the Pakistani fans were in for a pleasant surprise. Pakistan was ranked at number four, which is the highest ranking it has achieved in the past five years! There was a time when Pakistan was ranked third in Test matches. It was not that far back and till the first half of 2007 Pakistan maintained this rank, behind Australia and England. When the annual revision came around in 2007, the new rankings showed Pakistan at number six – its lowest ranking ...

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Salman Butt, you don’t fool us

I have thought and thought and have failed to understand what Salman Butt hoped to achieve through his interview on Express News on Thursday and his press conference on Friday.  “I am innocent” “It was Mazhar and Amir” “I did not get justice” “I want the Supreme Court to look into this.” Phrases like these make me want to yell out in response, “Save your breath, Butt!” Seriously. I can’t believe that he is still trying to fool his Pakistani fans and trying to meddle with their already bruised sentiments. Our seniors might have gotten away with screaming the ...

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