Waqar Younis Says More Monitoring Required in Domestic T20 Leagues to Prevent Corruption
Former Pakistan fast bowler and bowling coach Waqar Younis feels that the cricket boards must start monitoring the domestic T20 tournaments more to avoid corruption. It was only earlier in the year in February that the Islamabad United and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had to face the ignominy of their two batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif being involved in spot-fixing. Apparently, they met a bookmaker and decided to spot-fix the 2nd edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Both of them who represented Islamabad United were suspended and sent back home on the 2nd day of the league from Dubai. They have been banned for five years by a three-member anti-corruption tribunal of the PCB. An independent adjudicator rejected Sharjeel’s appeal but his lawyer Shaighan Ejaz stated that they would be going to Lahore High Court to file an appeal against the ban imposed on Sharjeel as the southpaw is innocent.
“The menace of spot-fixing and gambling is like cancer for all sports including cricket and it is very important cricket boards take all steps to root out this problem from all cricket,” said Waqar who is the Director of Cricket and the bowling coach of the Islamabad United franchise for the 3rd season of PSL.
He further stated that due to the popularity of the T20 leagues all across the world players might get targeted in corrupt elements but they must be educated enough to avoid getting involved in corruption.
“We are now carrying out a strict monitoring of all players in our franchise and we are confident that there will be no repeat of the last PSL incident this time,” the former Pakistan skipper added.
Spot-fixing issues have marred Pakistan’s history in cricket. The first incident sprung up in the 1990’s when former Test batsman Salim Malik was banned for life in 2000.
In the year 2010, Pakistan skipper during that time Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir were involved in spot-fixing during a Test at Lord’s. While Aamir has resumed playing for his country again but both Butt and Asif have remained on the sidelines since that fateful day. In the year 2012, Danish Kaneria was banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for life after finding him guilty of enticing other players to fix matches during the English County Championship while playing for Essex as a pro.
Meanwhile, Waqar said that despite T20 cricket making giant strides in popularity, Test cricket continues to hold utmost importance. Waqar also made it clear that more stringent anti-corruption measures should be taken by all boards if necessary and no player should be spared if found guilty of corruption.
“Even now everyone knows that no player becomes a big player until he has played and performed in Test matches which is a real challenge.”
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