'This 'humiliation' could have been avoided'

Published: Monday, September 6, 2010, 17:19 [IST]
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Imran slams the PCB for being 'soft'

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has lashed out on the PCB for taking a 'soft approach in the past towards match-fixing that has led to the current crises of spot-fixing.

Pakistan's World Cup winning captain Imran Khan said had the PCB handed 'exemplary' punishments to found guilty of match-fixing years ago, the country could have avoided the humiliation of the current spot-fixing scandal.

He held the PCB responsible for the current scandal which has rocked international cricket.

"I think, everyone now acknowledges that when the first match-fixing allegations appeared, the Pakistan Cricket Board should have done a thorough investigation and those found guilty should have been given exemplary punishments.

"I am talking about 1993 when the match-fixing allegations appeared for the first time and the first investigation took place. I wish, they had followed it right through and taken the steps, then we would not be facing this humiliation right now," Imran told 'Times Now'.

The Pakistan team is in the midst of a betting scam, where fast bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif are alleged to have bowled pre-arranged no-balls in the Lord"s Test, which England won by an innings and 225 runs.

Imran said such things did not happen during the 10 years when he was at the helm of the Pakistan team.

"I was captain for 10 years and there were no match-fixing allegations during that time before I left in 1992. The first time it happened was in 1993," the cricketer-turned-politician said.

Imran also feared that if the allegations of spot-fixing turn out to be true, it will be very "damaging" for the Pakistan cricket, which is already suffering a lot due to the terror threats in the country.

"But if these allegations are proved to be correct and the players (are found to be) involved in spot fixing then it opens a Pandora's Box,"


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