Former Pakistan pace star, Shoaib Akhtar, has lashed out on the Pakistan Cricket Board after the Umar Akmal episode recently. He also asked that why doesn’t the country bring in a legislation to criminalize match-fixing.
His remarks came a day after Umar Akmal was given a three-year ban for not reporting a match-fixing an offer. As of match-fixing continues to bother Pakistan cricket, former players in the country have raised their voice to ask for legislation, criminalizing match-fixing.
Now, Shoaib Akhtar has also joined the list of those players who aren’t happy about PCB’s role to get rid of fixing from the game.
“Why cannot you make match-fixing a criminal offense in Pakistan? You can give a jail term or seize the offenders’ property, and it will put fear in people, the PCB and their legal team are being incompetent, why there is no legislation to criminalize match-fixing,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
“Now there are people who are asking PCB to bring in legislation to criminalize match-fixing. I want to ask those people what did you do when you held positions in the PCB. There is an urgent of bringing such a law, and this can only be done in the national assembly,” he added.
Amir was caught in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010; however, the pacer made a comeback for Pakistan. Akhtar slammed the PCB first for not setting the right examples and then said Amir did not repay the country as he decided to turn his back on Test cricket.
“Why did you bring back Mohammad Amir? Why there are different guidelines for different players? You tried to make Amir a star, you bypassed all guidelines, and what did Amir do? He said I wouldn’t play Test cricket, there you go,” Akhtar stated.