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Gone for Good…….Match Fixing Scandal!!!

Where the nation was yet recovering from the shock given by the
performance of the boys in green in the ongoing test at Lords, all
focus has now shifted to the media reports coming out of England
claiming that they have uncovered a match fixing scandal involving top
Pakistani players.
       As the details are still sketchy and team officials have preferred to
go into hiding instead of answering media, it is hard to say what
exactly is going on. For the time being all we know is that Mohammad
Aamir, Asif, Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal are in the centre of this
controversy. The English media in a covert operation filmed one of the
middle men for these Pakistani players accepting the sum of € 150k on
their behalf.


       Later to the surprise of nearly every one watching this hidden cam
recording, this middle man in advance informs the bookie of certain
signals from these players, which will reveal that the match is fixed.
One is amazed that his exact timing of the said no-balls by Mohammad
Aamir and Asif is repeated later in the match a day later by these
player. The middle man later boasts that he has 7 top Pakistani
players dancing to his tunes while his links extend to the management
of Pakistan cricket board. Toward the night Scotland Yard along with
the officials of ICC anti corruption board were investigating the
players of Pakistan’s team, while reports also emerged regarding the
discovery of the above mentioned cash from the rooms of these players.
       This was undoubtedly the last thing cricket Pakistan required and as
a nation this is nothing less than a night mare. Although the
investigation has just started, I would like to predict that the
matter will go much further than any one has thought initially. Some
reports claimed that this middle man has revealed that his activities
are going on for the last 1 and a half year and he has claimed to have
booked matches even during the tour of Australia. If this comes true,
than not only the players named above  but many who are facing
expulsion from the team right now will also come under the red light.
On the other hand this event has once again refreshed the bitter
memories of match fixing in the past, where we saw players like Wasim
Akram, Salim Malik , Ijaz Ahmed, Mushtaq and many more disgraced.
       On the national level, this is nothing less than a betrayal to the
nation. With millions in open skies waiting for food and shelter, they
are paid to carry on the pride of this nation but undoubtedly they
have proved themselves as a disgrace to this nation. Whatever Scotland
Yard or ICC officials perceive from this case, it is requested by the
entire nation from the patron in chief of Pakistan cricket board to
initiate a free and fair judicial inquiery against all of them, and
without any discrimination the team officials and players involved
should be taken to task for this treason. Ejaz Butt and his chosen
puppets have nothing more to loose. It was clear that by a scheme some
top line players were disrespected and discarded from the team and
keeping this in mind, the blame and justice should roll from the top
level.
       Not as a Pakistani but a cricket fan, this act of a few has put the
credibility of this game at stake. Till the inquiry yields any resuly,
all we can do is to keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best,
both for Pakistan and the cricketing world as well.

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