Karachi, May 21: Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi wants quick 'decisive action' from the concerned authorities as he believes the scandal involving various players in their winless tour of Australia will adversely affect their team's focus.
Afridi said the controversy is damaging for the players and it might affect their performance in the upcoming events, especially the World Cup next year.
“The thing is that there is too much uncertainty because of all those allegations regarding match-fixing. It"s really damaging for the players and the team and I"m really concerned because it comes at a time when we are looking forward to a very busy calendar filled with major assignments, including the all-important World Cup," The News quoted Afridi, as saying.
“We will be playing in the World Cup just nine months from now and it"s hardly the sort of situation you need to prepare for such a huge event," he added.
The match-fixing scandal was alleged on several players, particularly on Kamran Akmal after the video tape was leaked to the media, which showed Pakistan board officials questioning performance of several Pakistan players during their tour down under.
The leaked footage also showed Afridi raising suspicions of match-fixing.
Afridi, however, refused to make any statement about the video, and urged the concerned authorities to resolve the issue as soon as possible so that players could concentrate on the game more.