Former Pakistani cricketer Abdul Qadir has blasted the former cricketers Wasim Akram and Inzamam Ul Haq for being the root cause of match fixing. He also named Waqar Younis and Mushtag Ahmed as the other two big names, who according to him were equally involved in making match-fixing a norm.
For the ones who do not know, all these big names were involved in an infamous match fixing scandal back in the 1990s. An inquiry committee was set up under Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyum to look after the issue.
While talking to media, Abdul Qadir said:
“Had you hanged Wasim Akram, Inzamam, Mushtaq Ahmed — there’s an entire list — instead of giving them a slap on the wrist, what’s happening now would’ve never happened,” Qadir is quoted as saying.
He went on to reveal that “Ataur Rehman and Salim Malik were made the scapegoats.” Both Rehman and Malik were implicated in 2000 for match fixing.
“All of Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam and Mushtaq either currently work or have previously worked within the PCB. Why weren’t the recommendations of Justice Qayyum’s report enforced?,” he asked.
The second edition of PSL was rocked by spot-fixing scandal, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was forced to send back Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif from UAE, where the league games were played.