Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan Test captain, finally broke his silence on the recent corruption scandal that hit the second edition of the Pakistan Super League, which saw as many as five national cricketers being handed suspensions by the PCB. The veteran captain advocated for a life ban on players found guilty of corrupt practices in the sport. Interestingly, it was under Misbah’s leadership that Mohammad Amir made a comeback after serving a five-year suspension for his involvement in spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test in 2010.
“Those players found to be involved in spot-fixing should be banned for life. We are very disappointed this happened,” Misbah said on Sunday(March 19). The 42-year-old called for strict action to be taken against the miscreants to ensure such actions are not repeated.
Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan have all been slapped provisional suspensions from all forms of cricket for violating PCB’s anti-corruption code. While Sharjeel and Latif were suspended during the opening week of PSL 2017 itself, the remaining three had been charged later as the board expanded its investigation into the scandal.
Sharjeel, Latif and Shahzaib face a minimum five years’ ban while pacer Irfan could serve a six-month ban. Jamshed, who resides in the UK, was reportedly arrested along with another suspect by Britain’s National Crime Agency last month but later released on bail.
Misbah rued the fact that the Pakistan cricket’s image has once again been tarnished by the recent developments in their domestic T20 league. “It appears that the [positive] image for Pakistan cricket we had strived to build for the past seven years has been wasted,” Misbah said.