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Ankeet Chavan celebrates a wicket with his team-mates AFP/Getty Images
Ankeet Chavan celebrates a wicket with his team-mates AFP/Getty Images

Ankeet Chavan’s Life Ban For His Involvement In 2013 Spot Fixing Ends

Ankeet Chavan was arrested in 2013 alongside Ajit Chandila and S Sreesanth by the Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing during the IPL sixth edition. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to end his ban and now the Mumbai spinner will be able to play professional cricket.

BCCI has finally accepted Mumbai left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan’s plea that he be allowed to play professional cricket since Board Ombudsman DK Jain has reduced his life ban to seven years.

Ankeet Chavan was arrested on charges of spot-fixing during IPL's sixth edition.© AFP
Ankeet Chavan was arrested on charges of spot-fixing during IPL’s sixth edition.© AFP

Ankeet Chavan Will Now Be Able To Play Professional Cricket After BCCI Ends His Ban

Sources within the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) confirmed the development to ANI on Tuesday.

“Yes, the BCCI has ended Chavan’s ban and he will now be able to play professional cricket,” the source said.

S Sreesanth
S Sreesanth

In 2013, Ankeet Chavan was arrested on charges of spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) sixth edition. He was arrested by the Delhi police alongside Ajit Chandila and S Sreesanth. The trio was at that time playing for Rajasthan Royals. Though he’s 35 now, the spinner thinks he can make it back into the Mumbai team.

While the ban in principle got over in September 2020, unlike S Sreesanth, whose order for a similar term reduction arrived last August, the spinner had to wait till May 3, 2021, to get a copy of the order from the ombudsman.

He subsequently requested the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to apply to the BCCI for a confirmation letter, a requisite for him to return to competitive cricket, which he received on June 15 from Hemang Amin, BCCI interim chief executive.

Ankeet Chavan And S Sreesanth Were Banned From Cricket For Life In 2013

In September 2013, Ankeet Chavan and S Sreesanth were banned from cricket for life by the BCCI’s disciplinary committee. However, in July 2015, the Delhi Court gave a clean chit and discharged him of all the charges in the IPL spot-fixing case.

S Sreesanth’s ban was lifted by the BCCI last year, and as a result, the pacer made a comeback in domestic cricket and he even represented Kerala in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Ankeet Chavan. (TOI Photo)
Ankeet Chavan. (TOI Photo)

Ankeet Chavan, 35, has played 18 first-class matches, 20 List A games, and 26 T20s. His last representative match was against the Mumbai Indians in the 2013 IPL season. Ankeet Chavan was one of three Rajasthan Royals players, along with S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila, to be charge-sheeted by the Delhi Police at the time. S Sreesanth had received his order before his ban ended last year, allowing him to participate in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy earlier this year.

S Sreesanth made a stellar statement by picking a five-wicket haul in the 50 overs Vijay Hazare Trophy a few days after all IPL franchises decided to ignore him in the 2021 auction. S Sreesanth picked 13 scalps in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as he was the 9th highest wicket-taker among bowlers.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

Michael Vaughan Hasn’t A Single ODI Ton And Knack Of Saying Debatable Things: Salman Butt

Salman Butt, who played 33 Tests, 78 ODI, and 24 T20Is for Pakistan and is believed to have sharp analytical skills, explained that Virat Kohli is the best because he has the record to be called the best.

Salman Butt, the former Pakistan batsman has responded to Michael Vaughan’s comparison between Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, calling the former England captain’s analysis ‘irrelevant’ and that he has a habit of saying things that trigger some sort of controversy.

Virat Kohli congratulates Kane Williamson
New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson (L) hugs India’s captain Virat Kohli after New Zealand’s win (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

Salman Butt: Virat Kohli Dominated The Batting Rankings For Outstanding Performances And There Isn’t A Need To Draw Comparisons

In an interview with Spark Sport, Michael Vaughan said that Kane Williamson is on par with Virat Kohli as the world’s top batsman but due to his popularity, people are forced to say that the India captain is in fact the world’s best. Michael Vaughan’s comments sent waves across social media, with former India batsman Wasim Jaffer taking a funny dig at the ex-England captain.

“Kohli belongs to a county that has a huge population. Obviously, he would have a bigger fanbase. On top of that, his performance is better too. Virat has 70 international tons at the moment, no other batsman from this era has that many. And he has, for a long period, dominated the batting rankings because his performances have been outstanding. So I don’t understand what and where is the need to draw comparisons,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Salman Butt is a Pakistani cricket commentator, cricketer, and former captain who played for Pakistan national cricket team between 2003 and 2010, before getting banned for five years for his involvement in the infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal. 

Salman Butt: Michael Vaughan Was A Brilliant Skipper For England But He Never Scored A Single ODI Ton

Salman Butt took a jibe at the former England batsman, saying how although he was a good captain, Michael Vaughan’s batting, especially in ODIs wasn’t too special. Michael Vaughan had scored 18 Test tons playing 82 Tests averaging around 41, while in 86 ODIs his average is a mere 27.15 with no tons and only 16 fifties.

The former left-handed batsman weighed in on Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson’s greatness but said his figures are always pale in comparison to what Virat Kohli the batsman has achieved and that the kind of consistency with which the India captain has scored runs, hasn’t been duplicated by another player of this era.

“And who has compared the two? Michael Vaughan. He was a brilliant captain for England, but the beauty at which he used to bat, his output wasn’t on par. He was a good Test batsman but Vaughan never scored a single century in ODIs. Now, as an opener, if you haven’t scored a century, it’s not worth discussion. It’s just that he has a knack of saying things that stir up a debate. Besides, people have a lot of time to stretch a topic,” Butt added.

“Williamson is great. He’s a top-class batsman and the best in the world. There is no doubt. Williamson may take the points in terms of captaincy, but he (Vaughan) hasn’t discussed captaincy. In terms of players, there is a huge cap. Kohli’s stats and performance and the way he has won India matches, especially chasing, it’s outstanding. Since the time both are playing, no one has been as consistent as Kohli. What Vaughan has said is irrelevant.”

Salman Butt on Virat Kohli-Kane Williamson comparison.(File)
Salman Butt on Virat Kohli-Kane Williamson comparison. (File)

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will come head to head in the much-anticipated World Test Championship final on June 18 in Southampton.

Virat Kohli has aggregated 7,490 runs from 91 Tests at a remarkable average of 52.37. The impressive tally includes 27 tons, the joint-highest in the format among active cricketers, with Steve Smith. Virat Kohli also owns a record seven double-tons in Tests. His highest score of 254* came against South Africa in 2019. Kane Williamson has scored 7,115 runs from 83 Tests with the best score of 251. In fact, Kane Williamson has a better Test average than Virat Kohli (54.31). He owns 24 tons and four double-centuries.

Mohammad Amir
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Mohammad Amir Thanks Shahid Afridi For Standing By Him

Mohammad Amir, who recently alleged ‘mental torture’ by the Pakistan team management and announced his shock retirement from international cricket, has thanked former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi for standing by him even when the entire Pakistan team was up against him.

The 28-year-old recalled the moment when his former teammates were not ready to play alongside him because of his role and involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir Photo Credit: Getty Images

Mohammad Amir: Shahid Afridi Stood Rock Solid By Me And Said I Will Play Come What May

Mohammad Amir served a 5-year ban for his role in a spot-fixing incident in 2010 for bowling two deliberate no-balls during Pakistan’s tour of England.

Mohammad Amir, said that Afridi was the only one who stood rock solid by him and said, “Amir will play come what may.”

“The entire team was on one side and did not want to play with me but Shahid bhai said, ‘Amir will play come what may’. I will always be thankful to these two,” Mohammad Amir said in a YouTube video.

Shahid Afridi,
Shahid Afridi. Image Credit: Twitter.

Further, Mohammad Amir asserted that his decision to not play international cricket was not just an emotional one. He also revealed that he used to get regular taunting from some of his teammates for his role in the infamous incident which saw him banned for 5 years before he returned on New Zealand tour in 2016.

“This is not an emotional decision. I took this step after putting much thought into it,”

“See, not everyone has [the same] guts as I have. If I made a mistake, I came clean in front of everyone and apologized for it as well and faced this issue,” he said.

On 26 July 2019, he announced his retirement from Test cricket in order to focus on limited-overs cricket. On 17 December 2020, he announced his retirement from international cricket.

Mohammad Amir Came Back After 5 Year Ban With Excellent Spell At Asia Cup, Pakistan Super League And Champions Trophy 2017

Mohammad Amir stated that he successfully made a return to international cricket after his ban ended in 2015 by stellar performances in 2016 Asia Cup, Pakistan Super League and Champions Trophy 2017.

“I came back and with Allah’s help bowled a very good spell at the Asia Cup and then became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the PSL. I also helped Pakistan win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017,” Mohammad Amir added.

PCB CEO Wasim Khan.
PCB CEO Wasim Khan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Mohammad Amir also denied having any issue or conflict with PCB CEO Wasim Khan or the board’s chairman Ehsan Mani.

“I have reservations with the current team management. This ‘yes boss, yes boss culture’ cannot be allowed to go on,” he added.

Mohammad Amir played a major role in Pakistan’s 2017 Champions Trophy win as he picked three wickets conceding 16 runs in final against India. He picked 5 wickets in that series. In 2019 World Cup, he picked 17 wickets averaging 21.06 playing eight games. In 2016 Asia Cup which was a T20 affair, he picked 7 wickets averaging 11.57 in 4 games.


Top 5 Indian Cricketers Who Have Been Banned Due To Their Involvement In The Match-Fixing Allegation

Every cricketer faces many ups and downs in their career, and only some stronger people survive in this situation. While every player sacrifices many things to climb on the top position of the game, their all hard work gets destroyed once they have been involved in any corruption, or specifically in match-fixing.

There are some top international cricketers who have been banned after they have been alleged to be involved in the match-fixing or spot-fixing.

Here we are talking about the top five Indian cricketers who have been banned due to their involvement in the match-fixing allegation.

Ajay Sharma

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Ajay Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Ajay Sharma hadn’t much successful story for the team India as he played only Test and 31 ODIs where he scored 53 and 424 runs respectively and also managed to take 15 ODI wickets between 1988 and 1993. However, the right-handed batsman was one of the greatest Indian domestic cricketers who scored 10120 runs in 129 matches with an incredible average of 67.46. He smashed 38 centuries and 36 half-centuries in his first-class career.

In 2000, Sharma was handed life-ban from the game for his involvement in the match-fixing. He was found guilty of having associations with bookmakers. However, later in 2014, Sharma was cleared from all the match-fixing charges.


Danish Kaneria Finally Admits To His Involvement In 2009 Spot-Fixing Scandal

Six years after being banned for a spot-fixing scandal, former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has finally admitted to the offence. The leg-spinner has also apologised to former Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield, who was sent to jail after Kaneria encouraged him to get involved in the spot-fixing.

England and Wales Cricket Board had banned Kaneria for lifetime in 2012. And after years of denial, Kaneria confessed his wrongdoing in an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera.

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Kaneria begins his interview with a confession.

“My name is Danish Kaneria and I admit that I was guilty of the two charges brought against me by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012,” Kaneria told Al Jazeera. “I have become strong enough to make this decision, because you cannot live a life with lies.”

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Danish Kaneria (Credits: AFP)

Kaneria’s international career came to a unexpected end in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal that rocked English cricket in 2009. The officials found him guilty of corruption and cheating. In its verdict, the tribunal had said that Kaneria posed a “grave danger to the sport”. The tribunal had also insisted that the disgraced bowler attempted to lure other players into the malicious act.

Kaneria did play a big role in the scandal. He was the one who enabled the fixing by introducing teammate Westfield to an illegal bookmaker Anu Bhatt. Westfield accepted GBP 6000 to concede 12 runs in his first over in a Pro-40 game against Durham in 2009. And although Westfield conceded only 10, he took the payment from the bookie.

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Westfield had later admitted that he took the money from the bookie for conceding a set number of runs off an over. He was jailed after pleading guilty to the charge of accepting or obtaining corrupt payments. Kaneria, who too was arrested along with Westfield, had his charges dropped due to lack of evidence.

Over the years, Kaneria had insisted he was innocence before his latest confession.  Kaneria confessed to meeting with Bhatt four years before the events of 2009 transpired.

“In 2005 on a West Indies tour, my assistant manager introduced me to Anu Bhatt, because he was a Hindu and he was a cricket fan/ Then we were on a India tour and over there, 2008 it was I think, Anu Bhatt invited the whole team for dinner, so me and my wife and other cricketers went to his house for the dinner.

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Danish Kaneria (Credits: AFP)

“The ACU came to Pakistan and told several cricketers and me that he is a suspicious guy and is involved in doing fixing. I regret very much, I didn’t complain to the higher authorities, like English Cricket Board or ICC unit. I didn’t inform or didn’t tell them this guy is over here.

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“Mervyn used to tell me that he wants to become a rich cricketer. I was highly paid in Essex, and I was an international player at that time. And I was living a life, a very lavish life, so he also wanted to make money. I think he was targeted by Anu Bhatt and I think he fell into that temptation. Being an international cricketer and a senior cricketer, I should have taken it one step higher of telling Mervyn that this guy is suspicious,” said Kaneria.

Kaneria represented Pakistan in 61 Tests and 19 ODIs between 2000 and 2010. He is Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker among spinners in Test cricket with 261 scalps.

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Danish Kaneria (Credits: AFP)

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Nasir Jamshed will miss the action for a period of ten years. Credits: Getty Images

PCB Hands 10-year Ban to Nasir Jamshed for Spot Fixing in PSL

The southpaw opening batsman Nasir Jamshed is handed over a 10-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for spot-fixing in Pakistan Super League (PSL). Thus, the Anti Corruption Tribunal has given a ban of a decade to Jamshed for his involvement in spot-fixing of the 2016-17 season of PSL.

Furthermore, the three-man jury has decided that the player will not partake in any form of the game. Meanwhile, the player can not hold any management position for life in Pakistan cricket.

Nasir Jamshed, PCK, Pakistan
Nasir Jamshed will miss the action for a period of ten years. Credits: Getty Images

Nasir Jamshed will have to bear the repercussions.

In fact, Nasir Jamshed was ban for one year after the Anti Corruption Unit said he was non-cooperative in relation to his case.

However, Nasir Jamshed ban had ended in April in this year. Subsequently, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had banned him for violating seven anti-corruption code. However, Jamshed had denied all the charges against him.

Therefore, PCB came out with the statement that the board’s chairman Najam Sethi will head the case.  The three-member anti-corruption tribunal contained Justice (Retd.) Fazl-e-Miran Chauhan, Shahzaib Masood. Furthermore, a senior advocate in the Supreme Court and former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed was part of the jury.

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Meanwhile, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammad Nawaz are also given respective bans for their role in the spot-fixing case by PCB.

In fact, this is not the first time that the game has come under the scanner. There have been cases of fixing which has ruined the image of the game.

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Sharjeel Khan blasts the PCB tribunal for being cruel on him

Banned Pakistani cricketer Sharjeel Khan came down hard on the Pakistan Tribunal stating that he was treated unfairly on the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing case. The opener’s plea was rejected by the board terming it as “a ploy to gain sympathy”. Sharjeel broke the shackles and spoke to the media after 10 months as he said that the 5-year ban on him is completely wrong. Sharjeel will appeal against the ban in the courts now.

“I swear by God that I am innocent and that I didn’t accept any offer to spot-fix. I have fully cooperated with the PCB throughout this case and I expected justice from them. I am sorry to say the PCB tribunal unfairly tried to implicate me in the case,” Sharjeel said.

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Sharjeel was imposed a 5-year ban by the PCB anti-corruption tribunal, half of it was taken off in September. however, Khalid Latif, another batsman involved in the PSL spot-fixing case will have to serve a full 5-year ban and also pay a fine of one million rupees.

“I also appeal to the Prime Minister, Army Chief and Chief Justice to look into my case and help me in getting justice,” Sharjeel said.

“It is nothing but a ploy to gain sympathy. The tribunal found him guilty on all charges of the anti-corruption code. He was provided with a transparent process to clear his name. But he was found guilty,” a PCB official said on Sharjeel’s appeal against the ban to the High court.

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Sharjeel Khan was the part of PSL franchise Islamabad United in the first two editions of the professional league. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, Sharjeel says the unfair ban has not only affected him but is injustice towards his family. Sharjeel is ready to do whatever it takes to script his comeback.

“The punishment handed out to me has not only been painful for me and my family but also for my well wishers and supporters. I will take every step to clear my name and stage a comeback,” he added.

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Sharjeel Khan. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

“We will shortly be filing a petition in the High court although the PCB quietly amended a clause in their anti-corruption code which says we can now only take our case to the international court of arbitration for sports in Switzerland,” Shaighan Ejaz, Sharjeel Khan’s lawyer said.

“While the tribunal announced its decision on August 30, 2017, the changes were made in Article 7 of the Code on July 28, 2017 which says that spot-fixing convicts aren’t allowed to file a writ against the decision before any Pakistani court and only before the CAS in Switzerland.”

Anurag Thakur Asks Officials To Open Envelope Containing Names Of 13 Spot-Fixing Accused

Anurag Thakur, the former BCCI president, has urged the concerned authorities to reveal the name of all the 13 individuals who were allegedly involved in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal that had rocked the Indian Premier League.

An envelope containing the names of the individuals was handed over to the Supreme Court by the Mudgal committee in February 2014. Later, media reports had suggested that some big names like MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina were also allegedly involved in the scandal.

G Sampath Kumar (SP, Railways) had submitted a report to Justice Mukul Mudgal in which Dhoni and Raina’s names were mentioned.

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Report containing Dhoni and Raina’s names (Credits: India Today)

However, so far nothing positive has been materialised in this case and Thakur believes the names should be made public to resolve the whole issue and restore the pride of the game which is bigger than every individual.

The BJP leader went on to insist that had the Indian cricket board been more pro-active in punishing guilty cricketers and administrators, it would not have found itself in the ‘mess’ it is now in.

“For me, individuals are not important. The institution is important. I am not bothered about any ‘A’ or ‘B’ player. I am only concerned about BCCI as an institution. The envelope containing the name of the cricketers was never opened by the Court, which means the issue from where the entire episode started wasn’t resolved. But other issues against the BCCI were opened,” Thakur told The Times of India. “If anyone is involved in match-fixing or unethical practice, there must be a harsher punishment because no name is bigger than the game.”

“Certain A, B or C players are roaming free after so many years. They are sitting in TV studios. The same TV channels and newspapers which wrote against them on fixing and betting, they have called them cricket experts. So, there has to be some law and harsher punishment for such individuals and activities,” he added.

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Ajit Chandila, Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan were banned for life in 2013 (Credits: BCCI)

Thakur further said he is all set to introduce his ‘National Sports Ethics Commission Bill’, in the Lok Sabha as a private member’s bill. The bill is aimed to curb the major problems that have marred sports like match-fixing, age fraud and sexual harassment.

“I am approaching Parliament with this bill. The bill aims to curb the menace of match-fixing, age fraud and sexual harassment in sports. It could be introduced in the winter or the budget session. The moment it is introduced, the debate will start. Betting, however, is not a part of it,” he said.

The bill includes harsher punishments for the offenders, likes a 10-year jail term for match-fixing in addition to hefty fines.

Thakur, who along with Ajay Shirke was removed from his BCCI post earlier this year, also took a dig on the deadlock between the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the current BCCI over implementing the Lodha reforms.

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Shirke (L) and Thakur were removed from their posts earlier this year

“If you look back at Oct 1, 2016, BCCI had accepted more than 90 per cent of reforms. For the rest, we went back to the SC. Has anything has changed since then? It’s been more than 13 months but we have made no headway. The only thing which has changed is that BCCI has lost its position globally. BCCI has lost crores in revenue,” he said.

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Nawaz made his international debut in 1969 against England at Karachi. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Sarfraz Nawaz Receives ‘Death Threat’ from Illegal Bookmakers

Former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons on Friday went on to complain the illegal bookmakers, who threatened his life for asking him not speak against the bookie mafias.

According to the report published in Dawn, the First Investigation Report (FIR) was handed over to the concerned police in Islamabad.

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Nawaz also lambasted PCB after the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) was hit by spot-fixing saga in February this year. Photo Credit: Google/Web.

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In a startling revelation, Nawaz pointed in FIR that his car was stopped when he was returning home alongside his friend following the court proceedings as a witness on October 13.

The 68-year-old Lahore-born – Nawaz remarked he was asked not to speak about the players and the board at first instance else he is bound to face the dire consequences.

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Two Pakistan national players Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan were banned for five years respectively. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Moreover, Nawaz asserted his wife and children is being put under threat as two unidentified men carrying weapons further warned him to not give statements in the apex body against the bookies.

After filing the complaint with police, Nawaz further asked for security while revealing they could try to harm him anytime.

However, the protection is being discussed thoroughly with senior officials for Sarfraz, who already informed the Industrial Area of Islamabad’s assistant commissioner regarding the grave matter.

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Nawaz played 55 Tests and 45 ODIs for Pakistan which saw him collecting 240 wickets across formats. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Termed as attention ‘seeker,’ Nawaz in the recent past has been vocal to speak against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and went on to criticise the players who failed to perform while donning the national jersey.

Pertinently, according to the FIR, Nawaz revealed he had become the soft target of an international business syndicate who are trying to corrupt the gentleman’s game.

While being adamant in approach and for speaking against the bookmakers and over social media platforms Nawaz stated it had been the sole reason for him to take a matter of bookmakers in court.

While making his appearances on television, Sarfraz has further warned the bookies for maligning the game of cricket.

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When Pakistan’s head hung in shame following infamous no-balls at iconic Lord’s in 2010. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The former Test bowler has been a whistleblower in the spot-fixing scandal which had brought a lousy image to the cricketing country like Pakistan which included the infamous 2010 Lord’s saga when former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir faced the five-year sentence.

In the similar episode in 2010, Nawaz received a death threat from unknown men when he was intercepted around a famous jogging park of Kachnar, located in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.

Concluding, Nawaz has been giving his statements before the judges and additional session judges, in a bid to fight against the menace of the fixing, as PCB has already taken a firm action to eradicate the fixing scandals by pronouncing severe punishments for the culprits.

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Mohammed Irfan to Return after Serving a Six Months Ban

Mohammed Irfan is set to return to cricket, as his six-month ban ended which means he is now eligible for selection in the Sri Lanka series scheduled to begin from 28th September.

Irfan was suspended by the PCB regarding an investigation in the spot fixing probe in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Irfan who stands tall at 7 foot 1 inch, last played for Pakistan in a T20 match for Islamabad United in the PSL.

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Irfan was suspended following his acceptance that he did not inform the officials when bookies approached him. PCB banned the fast bowler for a year, along with the ban he was also fined PKR one million. However, he was told that his ban could be shortened to six months if he abides by the suspension guidelines which he successfully did and he is finally free to play cricket.

Just like Mohammed Amir, Irfan has also admitted that the period of the ban has been the toughest phase of his life. He said,

“As a cricketer, knowing that you cannot play cricket hurts badly, when a player is banned from doing something he has done all his life, it really hurts,”

Irfan has played four T20s and 57 ODI’s for Pakistan picking up 10 and 78 wickets in the respective formats. The 35-year-old is aiming to make a comeback to the national team in the upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka.

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