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'Pak players had been educated': Afridi

Published: Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 15:13 [IST]
 
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'Pak players had been educated'

Pakistan one-day and T20 captain Shahid Afridi insisted on Monday that his players had been educated by officials over the dangers of corruption as the 'spot-fixing' investigations is still going on against three Pakistan players.

Some cricketing experts have questioned whether Pakistan players have been made properly aware of the risks of possible corruption and its punishments.

But Afridi, speaking to reporters at Sophia Gardens on Monday ahead of the second T20 international at the ground on Tuesday, said: "The people are coming from the ICC ( International Cricket Council) and they are always talking about these things.

"If you have any problems, you definitely go straight to the (team) manager and talk to him.

"I think we all know about these things so I think the people from ICC are doing their work."

Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif have been suspended from the international game after Britain's News of the World tabloid allegedly caught Mazhar Majeed, a London-based businessman, organising no-balls to order during last month's Lord's Test against England.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has been among those, including former England captain Michael Atherton, who have suggested the 18-year-old Aamer's age should be taken into consideration if the charges against him were proved.

But Pakistan associate manager Shafqat Rana ruled out youth as a defence.

"I think it should be the same with everybody, if he breaks the law," Rana, sat alongside Afridi, said.

"It (Aamer's age) doesn't matter."

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