Shoaib Akhtar blames low pay for fixing in Pakistan

Oct 07, 2012, 03:49 IST | AFP

Controversial former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said on Friday the cricketers are being tempted into fixing matches because they are underpaid by their board.

“Fixing happens in our culture because there’s less money, there are even lesser opportunities. Cricketers victimised by their boards return (to the team) to mint money,” Akhtar, 37, told the Headlines Today.

“In 2008, I had no money to even buy a car. I had to borrow money from a friend. I handled it, others go astray.

“Some are corrupt, but some cricketers are turned into criminals by the system,” he added.

Three Pakistani stars — Test captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif — were jailed last year after being found guilty of spot-fixing during the 2010 Lord’s Test against England.

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