PCB and Najam Sethi are facing the wrath of critics and social media users for the current corruption scandal in PCB.
The second edition of PSL kicked off in Dubai with a heart throbbing opening ceremony, but unfortunately, the spirit didn’t remain jubilant anymore after the news of two PSL players’ Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif’s suspension over violation of “Anti-corruption Code” made the highlights.
This worst episode of PSL didn’t end here, and we witnessed Muhammad Irfan another key player of the defending champion Islamabad United, packing his bags after facing inquiry followed by the corruption charges.
Pakistani cricket that is trying to restore back its original glory with the help of PSL is undoubtedly experiencing another obstacle in the form of parties that are looking forward to turning this healthy game into gambling. Question surfaces who is responsible for such practices? Does this mean that PCB and PSL were never serious in training the players and warning them consequences of becoming a trap to such elements that can prompt them to corruption?
Key figures on have started slamming PSL chairman Najam Sethi questioning his credibility in the league in holding an event free from corruption or any other scandal.
Chairman PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) Imran Khan castigated Najam Sethi for the PSL scandal.
Joke: Election fixer Sethi to eliminate cricket spot fixing! Latter only affects cricket; elec “fixing” greater crime threatening democracy
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) February 11, 2017
The presence of the same ex-players as mentors whose names have once remained in the spotlight in match-fixing scandals least shows the non-seriousness of PCB as it has failed to provide an ethically strong leadership to the team.
Ex-player Sarfaraz Nawaz who lambasted PCB in his statements has shocked the audience who was looking forward to feast upon a thrilling game.
68 years old ex-cricketer said, “Such kinds of incidents cannot be avoided in Pakistan cricket because the PCB loves to keep tainted players around” reported Dawn.
adding further Nawaz said, Tainted persons like Wasim Akram, Dean Jones, Moin Khan, Shoaib Malik, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Basit Ali and many others are still working with the PCB in different capacities despite having tainted past, and many of them had even been penalized by the judicial commission of Justice Malik Qayyum,?
Even in previous cases of spot-fixing scandals, PCB has shown leniency to the accused cricketers. In 2010, cricketing authority in Pakistan refrained from accepting any spot-fixing allegation by ICC (International Cricket Council) on Muhammad Amir, Salman Butt, and Muhammad Asif and later waited for the verdict from UK court to take strict action against the said cricketers.
PCB has said that it would investigate cricketers and show zero tolerance for such acts, does this matter now when fans are seeing their favorite batsmen and bowlers leaving the event.
Corruption scandals in such sports leagues are not new of its kind, Earlier, IPL (Indian Premium League) had seen ban its two teams by the Supreme Court.
It seems that judiciary would have to step in for taking into account the irregularities within management and players of the PSL teams as authorities don’t seem to be more sober purging corruption off the event by adopting more remedial measures.