Shahid Afridi slams PCB in latest spot fixing row
Karachi: Flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi believes that until the PCB sets a proper example, the menace of players being linked to spot-fixing and corruption cannot be stopped in Pakistan cricket.
Afridi told the Geo Super channel in Dubai during the Pakistan Super League that he was very sad and disappointed after the latest scandal in which Pakistani batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were flown back under the PCB's Anti-Corruption Code.
The PCB said that the ICC's ACU and its own ACU were carrying out more investigations against the two players who were in the Islamabad United franchise. "Until the PCB sets or makes an example of such players it will be difficult to stop this menace. It's the same situation because you are allowing tainted players back into cricket," Afridi said.
Afridi said he would want to see the PCB bar such tainted players from all cricket.
"What is the use if after five years the same players are coming back. This can't be stopped until the right example is set," he added.
In 2015 PCB pushed the ICC to allow tainted left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamir to return to cricket before his five-year ban for spot-fixing ended in September 2015. Aamir, former captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, were found guilty of spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lord's in 2010.