Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq reveals why Afridi slapped Amir

Abdul Razzaq claims Mohammad Amir admitted to being part of the spot-fixing scandal in 2010 after Shahid Afridi slapped him Pakistan cricket

Abdul Razzaq: “He (Afridi) told me to leave the room but after a while I heard the sound of a slap and then Amir told the whole truth”

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Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has claimed that left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir only admitted that he was involved in the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the cricketing community in 2010 after ex-captain Shahid Afridi slapped him.

Amir was banned for five years over the scandal, along with ex-captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad Asif.

Divulging more details about the incident, Razzaq told GNN as quoted by The New Indian Express: “He (Afridi) told me to leave the room but after a while I heard the sound of a slap and then Amir told the whole truth.

“I thought instead of going to the ICC to prove its efficiency, the PCB should have instead directly taken the three players to the task despite their denials and sent them back home on some pretext. They should have banned them for a year or so. In the end by not doing this, the PCB spoilt the image of Pakistan cricket worldwide.

Razzaq also said that Butt was getting out deliberately and playing dot balls on purpose.

“I shared my concerns with Afridi but he said it is just my Waham (misconception) and nothing is wrong,” Razzaq sad. “But when I was batting with Salman Butt during a match of the World T20 in West Indies, I was convinced he was letting down the team.”

The 39-year-old also recalled that he told Butt to take a single to give him strike but the ex-captain didn’t listen to him.

“I was surprised when he refused this strategy,” he said. “When I realised what he was up to (something) I told him strictly to give me the strike. Yet every over he deliberately played two or three balls and then gave me strike. I got upset and felt the pressure and got out.”

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