Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar said he had warned pacer Mohammad Amir back in 2010 to avoid meeting bookies who might lure him to match fixing.
Shoaib was of the view that match fixing was at its peak in 1996. “However, I always stayed away from fixers and cautioned others to do so as well and play with integrity and sincerity,” he claimed.
“I had warned Amir back in 2010 to avoid meeting people who could lure players to match fixing,” the speedster said while speaking during Geo TV’s show.
About the war of words and then patch-up between former skippers Javed Miandad and Shahid Afridi, Shoaib said he had intervened and asked Miandad to resolve the matter with talks.
He said he had also advised Afridi to refrain from sending a legal notice to the veteran cricketer because “it would have done no good but open a Pandora’s Box”.
“It would also have tarnished Pakistan cricket’s image worldwide.”
The left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir was just 18 years old when he bowled deliberate no-balls in a Test match at Lord’s back in 2010 and was duly slapped with a five-year ban from all forms of cricket by the ICC.
During his suspension for spot-fixing Amir even spent some time in a prison in England before being released for good behaviour.
Pakistan likely to win the first Test, says Shoaib
Talking about the ongoing Day/Night Test in Dubai, Shoaib said Pakistan might win the match, but batsmen’s performance was not up to the mark.
Pakistan, after scoring 579-3-declared in the first innings, crumbled to 123 all out on Sunday, succumbing to leg-spinner Bishoo’s stellar performance with the ball. The Windies bowler claimed his career-best 8 for 49.
Shoaib said the batsmen batted poorly but there is still a good chance the ball will be in Pakistan’s court as the final day of the Test kicks off. “There is a 70% chance we will win the match,” he said.
The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ however expressed some reservations over the novel pink ball and said, “The cricket officials should consider a number of factors before deciding to schedule a D/N Test, such as the local weather and pitch conditions.”