Afridi hopeful that tainted trio come out clean

Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 12:36 [IST]
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Afridi has high hopes for tainted trio

Pakistan's one-day and T20 captain Shahid Afridi is hopeful that the three tainted cricketers allegedly involved in spot-fixing will get a clean sheet in the International Cricket Council (ICC) inquiry.

Test skipper Salman Butt and pace bowling duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were the prime accused by a British tabloid and they are currently under suspension by the ICC. The trio allegedly took money from a bookmaker in London to bowl no-balls in the Lords Test match against England.

In an interview, Afridi said: "The players are going to appear in the hearing in Qatar, and hopefully their innocence will be proven."

"I am sure no player of the current team is involved in such practises", he said, referring to the squad for the forthcoming series against South Africa.

"Young players are often ignorant of their surroundings and fall prey to bookmakers," he said, adding that "there was no need for such ill-gotten wealth when the players could earn handsomely from sponsorship deals and other endorsements".

The T20 captain said he had spoken about his suspicions on alleged bookie brothers Azhar and Mazhar Majeed to the team management after hearing from several people.

"The young team needs support at this crucial juncture and the same set of players will produce winning results," he said.


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