Sarfraz lambasts ICC for letting ~~riggers scot-free

Published: Saturday, December 30, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:The stormy petrel of Pakistan cricket and former pacer Sarfraz Nawaz lambasted the International Cricket Council (ICC), accusing it of encouraging match-fixing by letting one after another culprit off the hook and demanded immediate dissolution of its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).

Sarfraz was clearly not convined about ICC's sincerity to deal with the menace and the former pacer came down heavily on the governing body for extending mercy to those indicted in the scandal and incidentally, the list also includes Pakistani pacer Ata-ur-Rehman.

''It was really shocking to see players involved in match fixing in the past getting NOC one by one from the ICC. If the games governing body is bent upon clearing names of all those involved in betting and match fixing there is hardly any need of the ACU,'' Safrraz told The News.

''The basic purpose of ICC ACU is to shun out the menace of match fixing. Instead of discouraging match fixing, it is in fact helping it flourish by lifting ban from players and officials who had dubious characters,'' he said.

''But if ICC shows leniency to those involved in betting, there is no use of establishing such a unit,'' he added.

Apart from the ICC, Sarfraz also warned all the cricket boards, including the one in Pakistan, against the dangers of being lenient.

''All boards including the PCB high ups should keep in mind that extending any help to those former players and officials could make their own partiality questionable,'' he said.

He however hailed PCB chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf to remove former leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmad from the teams coaching panel but said, ''There are still some other officials associated with the national team who faced the penalty of fine for their dubious past. They should also be removed from their jobs.''


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