Mohammad Amir conceded spot-fixing reality after getting slapped by Shahid Afridi, says Abdul Razzaq

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Razzaq recalled that he had instructed Butt to take a single and provides him the strike however he didn’t pay attention.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir. (Photograph by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Photographs)

For left-arm Pakistani seamer Mohammad Amir, the ICC Cricket World Cup has been a rebirth of the type. The 27-year-old was initially ignored for the mega event as he had a horrible run with the ball, taking solely 5 wickets in 14 matches. Nevertheless, Pakistan’s poor outing towards England within the ODI sequence simply earlier than the World Cup noticed the selectors introduced him again together with one other skilled bowler Wahab Riaz. Amir has delivered thus far on this event, choosing 5 wickets within the first two video games. He additionally dismissed Australian captain Aaron Finch within the match in Taunton on Wednesday.

Amir, a gifted tempo bowler, served an extended ban in connection to a spot-fixing scandal in England in 2010. Just lately, former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq claimed that Amir had confessed to his fixing solely after getting slapped by the then Pakistan ODI captain Shahid Afridi. He additionally stated that Salman Butt, who was the captain of the Take a look at staff then and in addition confronted the ban, was concerned in corruption a lot earlier than the infamous tour.

“He (Afridi) instructed me to depart the room however after some time, I heard the sound of a slap after which Aamir instructed the entire reality,” Razzaq was quoted as saying to Lahore-based GNN channel.

Razzaq, a former all-rounder who performed 265 ODIs for Pakistan between 1996 and 2011 scoring over 5,000 runs and taking 269 wickets, additionally blamed the then set-up of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for having to deliver a foul identify to the nation’s cricket.

“I believed as a substitute of going to the ICC to show its effectivity, the PCB ought to have as a substitute immediately taken the three gamers to the duty regardless of their denials and despatched them again dwelling on some pretext. They need to have banned them for a 12 months or so. In the long run, by not doing this, the PCB spoilt the picture of Pakistan cricket worldwide,” he stated.

Cricket Australia banned three gamers, together with prime performers like David Warner and Steve Smith, final 12 months after they had been discovered concerned in a ball-tampering act in a Take a look at match towards South Africa in Cape City.

‘Butt was intentionally getting out’

The 39-year-old Razzaq additionally stated that Butt was intentionally getting out and enjoying dot balls a lot earlier than the scandal noticed daylight in England. “I shared my issues with Afridi however he stated it’s simply my Waham (false impression) and nothing is unsuitable. However once I was batting with Salman Butt throughout a match of the World T20 in West Indies, I used to be satisfied he was letting down the staff.”

Razzaq recalled that he had instructed Butt to take a single and provides him the strike however he didn’t pay attention. “I used to be stunned when he refused this technique. After I realised what he was as much as (one thing) I instructed him strictly to offer me the strike. But each over he intentionally performed two or three balls after which gave me a strike. I bought upset and felt the strain and bought out.”

Mohammad Asif was the third participant who was additionally banned together with the duo.