Fixing scandal

Nasir Jamshed gets 17 months


While Pakistan may be reveling in glory of sorts by hosting Bangladesh for a Test match in Rawalpindi after over a decade and PSl’s fifth edition being around the corner, its worries as a sporting nation are not quite over. Former cricketer Nasir Jamshaid, who played some few dozens onedayers and two tests for Pakistan, has been sentenced to 17 months in jail on Friday by a Manchester Court as he pleaded guilty of hatching a conspiracy to spot-fix a Twenty20 match. There are two other UK nationals of Pakistani descent Mohammed Ijaz and Yousaf Anwar who are sentenced too.

Investigations into the fix attempt revealed that the group was plotting to fix spots in the 2016 Bangladesh Premier League T20 tournament which Jamshaid was supposed to participate in. The group had developed a sophisticated system of signals before or during the game to ascertain that the fix was on. As a result, each player was supposed to pocket half of the £30,000 per fix.

In 2017 the same group planned to fix the Pakistan Super League matches in Dubai. This time Islamabad United players Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan were the target. The match played between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi was where Sharjeel Khan took the bait and got out with in first three balls that he played without scoring any runs.

Pakistan Cricket Board too took action against these players slapping ban of varying length on these players. Fast bowler Muhammad Irfan too was given a ban for sometime who as per reports although did not do any wrongdoing he however was approached and had failed to report the incident to the PCB.

Earlier a mega scam involving Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif too put Pakistan under the spotlight. Only one of the three players, Mohammad Amir, has been able to make a comeback. Since his return he is not even a quarter of what he used to be. The world of cricket lost another prodigy in Asif who was a master of swing and as much has been acknowledged by the likes of Hashim Amla of South Africa. His statistics confirmed as much. He was picking wickets in test matches almost at par with Waqar Younis. Sharjeel and and Latif too were great prospects for Pakistan. The former has completed his ban already and may be part of the team after going through the rehabilitation phase. But the scar may never go away.

As for Nasir Jamshed, the nation will remember him for his murky deals as well as the most dismal of a performance in the World Cup of 2015 where he was called up for no rhyme and reason. We wish the game of cricket in general and Pakistan cricket in particular is rid of this menace for ever.