Thatscricket - News - 'If fixing is true, it'll stay for ever'
Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2001, 0:15 [IST]
Dubai: A former Pakistani cricketer says the punishment meted out to Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja in the match-fixing scandal is unfair. Talking to 'Khaleej Times', Tauseef Ahmed said, "I think the punishment handed down to Azharuddin and Jadeja is really unfair as the two could not have gone on and on to fix matches on their own."Tauseef who is here to run a cricket-coaching programme said, "I still don't think that anything like match-fixing happens because for me, it is hard to believe that one or two players can change the outcome of a match."However, "If these things are really happening, I would say match-fixing is here to stay forever, no matter what you do," said Tauseef who used to be the mainstay of Pakistan's bowling attack in Imran Khan's team of 1980s. His comments coincided with reports that Azharuddin has challenged in a court the life ban imposed on him by the Indian Cricket Board over the match-fixing allegations. Talking about cricket in Pakistan, Tauseef said it was heading for a disaster as the country had no real back-up material to replace the present lot. "I think Pakistan can experience a big vacuum of talent, something like what the West Indies cricket is going through at the moment, and if we continue to believe that we have plenty of talent, that will be disastrous for the future of cricket in the country."He said, "Losing four home series in a row is definitely not a good sign for Pakistan cricket. And imagine when players like Inzamam-ul-haq, Saeed Anwar, Wasim Akram and Moin Khan leave...The state of Pakistan Cricket looks bleak."Tauseef said, "A player hits a century in domestic cricket and we think we have found a big talent but when the same players plays on international stage, he can't handle the pressure." UNI