Amir Confessed to Spot-Fixing: Pakistan former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq recalled the 2010 spot-fixing scandal to a Lahore Based GNN Channel, exposing the truth behind Mohammad Amir’s confession on spot-fixing.
Initially denying the allegations, Mohammad Amir confessed to spot-fixing after Shahid Afridi slapped him in a room, said the all-rounder Abdul Razzaq. He also revealed that Salman Butt was in fact involved in corruption way before the England tour in 2010.
“He (Afridi) told me to leave the room but after a while, I heard the sound of a slap and then Amir told the whole truth,” Razzaq told GNN news channel.
Pakistan also criticized Pakistan Cricket Board for spoiling the image of Pakistan Cricket worldwide by approaching directly to ICC and not having taken the matter into their own hands.
“I thought instead of going to the ICC to prove its efficiency, the PCB should have instead directly taken the three players to the task despite their denials and sent them back home on some pretext. They should have banned them for a year or so. In the end by not doing this, the PCB spoilt the image of Pakistan cricket worldwide.”
While explaining Salman Butt’s case, Razzaq revealed that the left-handed Pakistani batsman was involved in spot-fixing much before the scandal came to light in England.
“I shared my concerns with Afridi but he said it is just my Waham (misconception) and nothing is wrong. But when I was batting with Salman Butt during a match of the World T20 in West Indies, I was convinced he was letting down the team.”
“I was surprised when he refused this strategy. When I realized what he was up to (something) I told him strictly to give me the strike. Yet every over he deliberately played two or three balls and then gave me a strike. I got upset and felt the pressure and got out.“
Among the three cricketers, Mohammad Amir is currently playing for Pakistan in the ICC 2019 World Cup in England. Recently, in the match against Australia, he claimed a five-wicket haul against Australia in Taunton only to reach at the top of highest wicket-takers’ chart on Wednesday. Amir has claimed 10 wickets in three matches at an average of 12.30 and an economy of 4.73.