Ban Fixers To Safeguard The Future Of Pakistan Cricket: Misbah-Ul-Haq
Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on Friday has stated those involved in the match fixing should be banned from playing any form of cricket to make game fair, in a bid to safeguard Pakistan’s cricket by enforcing the stern laws against the culprits.
“Hard-decisions are required to be made against the culprits to safeguard the future of Pakistan cricket. Anyone found involved in corrupt practices like this should be barred for ever from playing cricket,” Misbah was quoted as saying by Dawn.com.
As of now, the Pakistan Cricket Board is trying hard to revive the international cricket in the country by initiating the talks with different cricket boards.
“We must ensure they know everything about the related laws and the authorities should implement the laws strictly,” Misbah said.
The 42-year-old Misbah, who has played significant role for Pakistan since he has emerged into the international scene, has expressed the involvement of players in fixing scandal during the second edition of Pakistan Super League, which has brought some sort of trust deficit as it becomes pertinent to work on the basics – to put an end to such menace.
“Otherwise it will be difficult for us to control corruption. To tackle the corruption issue, we need to work at the grassroots level on properly educating the upcoming players in schools and clubs,” Misbah said.
Since his involvement with the team as a skipper, Misbah has been seen as the transformation for Pakistan particularly in the Test format.
In the Grade II matches, Misbah has struck back to back hundreds against Hyderabad and Abbotabad while playing for Faisalabad in the Patron’s Trophy, before Pakistan’s upcoming Test series against West Indies, which begins from April 22.
The right-handed batsman Misbah further added those who are found guilty should be punished by not allowing them to take field.
However, Misbah expressed he is not aware about the proof provided against the five Pakistani cricketers who were suspended by PCB after the spot-fixing scandal surfaced in Dubai last month.
“I don’t know what sort of evidences the PCB ACU or ICC have against the suspected players and what procedures will they follow now,” Misbah revealed.
Misbah has also spoken about his Test career and the approach of the team during the tenure of his leadership before saying international cricket could return to Pakistan in two years as he feels the situation is far better in the country.
“During my seven years of captaincy, the efforts of the player were tremendous. The way we achieved things, the manner in which the team progressed, all of them gave their hundred percent on and off the field and were much disciplined for which I must thank my players,” Misbah remarked.
Misbah, who had played 162 ODIs, and has so far participated in 72 Tests hinted the Caribbean tour might be his last as a Test skipper.
“The upcoming tour of the West Indies might be my last. I am looking forward to secure the first series against West Indies on their soil. But it is a big challenge,” Misbah concluded.
On the other side, Misbah said his wife and son have been a great source of support for him and wanted to see him playing for country until he’s hundred percent fit.
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