I’m not surprised by spot-fixing scandal

Updated: Sep 02, 2010, 13:51 PM IST

London: Former Sri Lanka assistant coach Paul Farbrace is not surprised to learn about the spot-fixing scandal and said the recent controversy has clouded his mind with suspicion about the fairness of some of the results that his ex-team had achieved against Pakistan earlier.

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"I`d love to say I was (surprised) but unfortunately I wasn`t. It`s something that`s concerned people for quite some time," Farbrace told BBC Radio Kent.

"I don`t necessarily mean the accusations against the Pakistan team. But this sort of thing really starts to bring it to a head and it`s very very sad for the game of cricket.”

"I look back to some of the very close matches we had and I start to think maybe there were one or two things that weren`t quite right about those games. Automatically you can`t help but be suspicious of certain things." Farbrace said.

Three Pakistan cricketers, including captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir are under investigation for their roles in the spot-fixing scandal, which rocked world cricket last Sunday after a British Tabloid expose.

The tainted trio may miss the remainder of the England tour, which features two Twenty20 matches and five one-day games. They will attend an inquiry headed by the Pakistan Cricket Board in London tomorrow.

The controversy has also put the remaining tour on doubt but Farbrace, who is now in charge of Kent after leaving his job with Sri Lanka last year, feels the remaining games should be played for the sake of cricket.

"Personally I`d love to see the series go ahead because if we stop playing cricket we`re almost giving in to some of the sad things that are going on," he said.

"But there has to be a thought that perhaps it could be a hollow series. The end of the Test match the other day was almost a hollow celebration for the England team because of what has gone on.”

"I feel sorry for people who paid good money to go and watch the Test match at Lord`s. They quite rightly would feel harshly treated. It`s not cheap to go and watch international cricket and then you read the next day that maybe all was not well in that game. I think that`s what will have a massive hard hit on the game of cricket," Farbrace added.

PTI