There have been quite a few instances where Pakistan cricketers have been caught in trying to fix a match or an over in cricket. The best example is the spot-fixing scandal during their tour of England in 2010, where Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were banned after dealing with bookie for intentionally bowling a no-ball. Going by this, let us get across to one of the most rare-known incident when a famous Indian player caught Pakistanis red-handed in trying to fix a match:
Rajinder Amarnath, the younger of the three Amarnath brothers, told an interesting story about his father in Lala Amarnath Life and Times: The Making of a Legend.
During India’s tour of Pakistan in 1954, the home team’s skipper Abdul Hafeez Kardar invited Lala, team India’s manager at that time, for evening tea . The duo were having a good time when a match official Irdis Begh entered their room and asked Kardar, “Any instructions for tomorrow’s game, skipper?”
That left Lala Amarnath perplexed and he asked him, “What kind of instructions do you want?” On seeing Lala, the umpire ran away, while Kardar looked trembled.
An infuriated Lala threatened to boycott the Test if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not name a replacement for the suspicious umpire. The only qualified First-Class umpire available was none other than Pakistan’s selector Masood Salauddin, but Lala agreed to let him be the umpire rather than have Begh officiate the match.
In the history of the game, it remains the only instance of a selector officiating for a home Test. In fact, Salauddin gave Kardar out stumped, when he was seven runs short of his hundred. Lala recalled that no other Pakistan umpire would have dared to give that decision in favour of team India.