Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez while talking to Sports Journalists Association in Lahore revealed his stance on the players convicted of spot-fixing has always been tough before expressing they should be punished strictly after proven guilty so that the culprits won’t bring or further think about disgracing the gentleman’s game.
“Whoever plays for Pakistan is responsible to uphold the respect that he gets, on an individual level. And if someone tells me that it was a mistake, I don’t consider it that, I will say he is lying, I think it’s a crime, ” Hafeez was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.
The 36-year-old batsman Hafeez, who has also been inducted into Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming limited-overs series against the West Indies further added spot-fixing, is a crime.
“It is a principled stance. It didn’t change for any individual and neither will it. Everyone can have their opinion but mine is quite strong on spot-fixing,” Hafeez revealed.
On his selection for the Caribbean tour, Hafeez has vowed to give his hundred percent.
“I hope to live up to the expectations of the selectors and will try my best to help the team [in West Indies],” Hafeez expressed.
Hafeez urged there should be strict set of rules to follow so that the felony could not be repeated again by the convicted players.
“It is high time that stern decision is made about players who have been proven guilty to set an example for others. An example of sorts should be made so that everyone should fear doing anything like this ever again,” Hafeez remarked.
However, the Sargodha-born Hafeez expressed his disappointment over the recently surfaced spot-fixing scandal which saw five Pakistan players being ‘provisionally’ suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit after the reports appeared in the month of February.
“I can’t talk about it since anything hasn’t been proven yet, but the occurrence of such a case within the confines of Pakistan cricket is painful. It’s a painful reality that we are facing now,” Hafeez added.
After the inaugural match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators in United Arab Emirates ACU swung into action and quizzed opening batsman Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif during the investigation which further saw the suspension of Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan Hasan.
Hafeez has also stated cricketers were hurt after the Lord’s infamous Test which had jolted the spirits of the national side.
“The stance is that whoever hurts the reputation of Pakistan and is proven guilty, he shouldn’t get that respect back. It is that simple. The reason is that after the 2010 incident, we put a lot of curfews on ourselves to stay away from it [corruption], Hafeez concluded.
Hafeez has played 182 One-day Internationals, 77 Twenty20 Internationals and 50 Tests since making his debut in 2003. He has bagged 227 and amassed 10,593 runs across all three formats.