All-rounder Shahid Afridi has backed Muhammad Hafeez in exhorting the cricket authorities to set an example in corruption cases unearthed in their country.
Hafeez has been vocal in demanding a life ban for all such players who are found guilty of corruption in the game. He has also questioned the need to allow batsman, Sharjeel Khan back in the national team after he completed a ban for spot-fixing in the PSL.
Sharjeel had admitted his involvement in spot-fixing while going through the rehab programme of the PCB for players who completed their bans.
“I feel these examples should have been set in the past but this didn’t happen and that is why we have seen such cases on regular basis,” Afridi told the Geo channel.
“I have nothing against anyone but even now if the Board wants to set an example it can do that. Only then can we hope to curtail such cases,” he added.
Umar Akmal is the latest Pakistani player to get caught in a corruption scandal as he faces a 12-month ban and a heavy fine for not reporting a spot-fixing offer made to him apparently at the start of the Pakistan Super League in February.’
Afridi who remains a big supporter of Umar and consistently picked him in the national team when he was captain said he was disappointed to see Umar get entangled in a new controversy.
“Umar really needs to look at the company he keeps. He needs to get his priorities sorted out. He is a fine batsman but he can’t keep on carrying like this.”