Karachi: Former captain Imran Khan has expressed disappointment over allegations of spot-fixing involving Pakistani players and said the disorganized structure of Pakistan cricket was to blame for all the
“The team’s morale has been badly hit and I think unless we change our entire cricket structure nothing will change. We have to change things from the root,” Imran said.
Pakistan’s World Cup winning skipper said it was disheartening to know that the ICC is investigating the national team’s third one-dayer against England for suspected match-fixing.
“Pakistan cricket cannot survive like this in present structure where there is no accountability of the management,” he said.
Other former Test players, Saqlain Mushtaq, Iqbal Qasim, Jalaluddin and Rashid Latif also echoed the same sentiments and said the damage has been great for Pakistan cricket.
“What cricket can we expect from the players when there is so much media pressure on them,” Saqlain said.
“There is a clear move to put our team under pressure. The media and people need to support the team right now,” he said.
Iqbal Qasim felt that British tabloids were attacking the Pakistan team to increase their circulation.
“In England it is common for the media to pressurize visiting teams particularly Pakistan. It is such a bad situation that anything the PCB now says will only make matters worse for the team,” Qasim said.
The former chief selector also felt that the PCB should seek help of former players in England to fight the media propaganda.
“It is also the duty of the ICC to see that baseless allegations are not made against our players.,” he added.
Rashid Latif told a news agency that he was not surprised by the latest controversy.
“This sudden upsurge about spot fixing will now naturally lead to these things. The media will now try to dig up more stories and unfortunately we are facing these problems because the board didn’t read the situation well,” he said.
Meanwhile, the legal advisor of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Tafazzul Rizvi today made it clear that the latest allegations against the team would not change the stance of the board on the issue.
“These latest allegations we think are baseless. And our line is clear we will back our players till the allegations against them are proven completely,” Rizvi told the news agency.
“These new allegations don’t weaken our stance on the allegations nor does it mean we will change our stance. We are cooperating with Scotland Yard and ICC ACSU in every possible manner at this stage. But we are also looking at other options as well,” he said.