Islamabad: After Justice R.M. Lodha Committee report recommended legalizing betting in India, Pakistan has outdone it by legalizing match fixing for their players. PCB made this announcement in Islamabad today.
Speaking to media, PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan said,”We have taken this decision for all round improvement in standard of Pakistan cricket. So far, 1 or 2 players used to fix the match behind everyone’s back and others felt robbed. Now with legal match fixing, every player will try to fix the match to the best of his ability which will raise the standards and increase competition in the team.”
When we asked whether they are influenced by recent developments in India where there was a suggestion to legalize betting, Mr Khan said, “It is not a competition with India, we aren’t looking at what they are planning. We are just doing what we need to do for a strong Pakistan team and we can’t have a strong team if we have less than 11 players eligible to play cricket. We had to ensure we have as many players to choose from as possible.”
A huge controversy erupted in Pakistan recently when Mohammad Amir, who was banned for 5 years over spot fixing, was recalled to the national side. ODI captain Azhar Ali and opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez refused to join the training camp initially though they later relented and are part of the current tour to New Zealand.
As per our experts, PCB has taken this decision to avoid any future embarrassing moments like this one as Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif are also showing great form in domestic cricket and can be recalled any moment.
When someone asked whether this will result a drop in viewers interest if they know every match is fixed, Mr Khan smiled and asked us back, “You think they don’t know every match was fixed till now? Knowledgeable crowd isn’t restricted to Chennai; Lahore crowd is pretty smart too.”
After this move, Pakistan expects to host international cricket once again as the security provided by bookies to the players will be way more superior to anything Pakistan police can provide.