Pak cricket community hits out at BCCI, ICC
Karachi: The cricket community in Pakistan has lashed out at ICC president Sharad Pawar and the BCCI for their refusals to investigate claims by former India player Vinod Kambli that the 1996 World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka may have been fixed.
"This is a former India player making a serious accusation and yet even Sharad Pawar in his capacity as ICC president has dismissed the issue outright which is strange," former captain Rashid Latif said.
"I don`t see what is wrong in holding an investigation even if Kambli has come out with claims after 15 years. If there was no hanky panky in the match what has the BCCI or Pawar have to fear," Latif said.
Pawar had earlier said that that if Kambli was a honest and committed cricketer, he should have told about everything he knew then, but he kept quiet.
The BCCI also said that they didn`t see any need to take the allegations by Kambli seriously and would not investigate his accusations.
"Kambli today has come out in the open because now after our three players were jailed by a court there is renewed confidence that people responsible for fixing and corruption can be punished. In the past different boards and authorities have tried to play down this serious problem and brush it under the carpet that is why no cricketer had the confidence to come out if he knew something or suspected something," Latif said.
He said the quick reaction of the Indian board and Pawar only showed just how other boards were not willing to accept their players could be involved in corruption and this was not a problem restricted to Pakistan.
Former captain, Moin Khan also expressed surprise at the BCCI and ICC`s reaction.
He said while Kambli`s decision to come out with his allegations was questionable but at the same time they were serious allegations and could not be ignored.
"How can the BCCI say it will not investigate the matter and even Pawar is now ICC president and should be clear about his priorities," Khan said.
Former Test player, Iqbal Qasim said the way the Indian board and the ICC tried to ignore Kambli highlighted the bias in international cricket.
"It is now obvious that there are different set of rules for Pakistanis and other countries especially India and I think our board needs to take a lesson from this," the former spinner said.
Former Test pacer, Sarfaraz Nawaz said both the ICC and BCCI, after the recent spot-fixing trial, were scared that more corruption scandals would come out if they investigated the claims by Kambli.
"Don`t forget Kambli is talking about a match where India was captained by a man Mohammad Azharuddin who was later banned for life for fixing and yet the Indians are not willing to take the issue seriously. It shows their double standards," he said.