Sikandar Raza responds to claims of Zimbabwean players being bribed to play in Pakistan
For 6 years after the terrorist attacks on the touring Sri Lankan team in Pakistan, the nation did not witness a Test playing nation play against their team at home. No board wanted their players to tour Pakistan because of all the violence that the country is known for.
However, earlier in the year, Zimbabwe went to Pakistan for a 3 ODI and 2 T20 matches series. All these games were played at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.
Zimbabwe gave the home crowd something to cheer after 6 years but are now facing acquisitions that the players have accepted bribes in order to tour Pakistan. Now, Sikandar Raza, who is now an integral part of Zimbabwe cricket, has hit back on the media after reports of the bribe.
In 2009, the touring Sri Lankan team was attacked by terrorists killing 6 people and 8 players from the touring team were also injured. This lead to all boards cutting off cricketing ties with the PCB.
The Dawn reported that Raza was frustrated with these comments. Raza said that it was of no one’s business to find how much a board or a player is getting from his board. He added that these matters are confidential and that the media should not be involved in these matters.
Rumors spread after the Zimbabwean tour to the extent that the players were paid USD 12,500 each for the tour. It was also reported that the Zimbabwe Cricket Board accepted USD 5,00,000 from the Pakistan Cricket Board to go ahead with the series.
The Pakistan Cricket board and its Chairman Shariyar Khan denied the allegations of bribing the Zimbabwe players and its board. But he did mention that a deal was stuck between the two boards for the series.
No further details were provided and it seems to be just a rumor specially after the tour has finished.
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