Image taken by: Bimal Mirwani
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has had to witness his country’s name be the subject of a major corruption scandal for the second time in his career.
The first instance came in 2010 when then captain Salman Butt and the pace duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned for five years apiece and served prison sentences for their crimes of spot-fixing in a Test match against England at Lord’s.
Fast forward nearly seven years later and Misbah is being made to relive the nightmare again as his Pakistan and Islamabad United team-mates Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif have been provisionally suspended and charged by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for their alleged involvement in a corruption scandal regarding the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan have also been provisionally suspended by the PCB, while Nasir Jamshed was arrested in the United Kingdom before being released on bail.
With the 42-year-old no doubt being heavily affected by the acts of his countrymen, he made it clear that in order to help eradicate corruption in the sport, anyone involved in the illegal trade must be given a life ban.
“Those players found to be involved in spot-fixing should be banned for life. We are very disappointed this happened,” he said. “We did our best to clean the game up and the seven years of hard work and our image is now spoilt to a great extent. You cannot afford this again and again.
“Obviously it’s disappointing and there should be a law that once you have done something wrong you should not return to this field again.”