PKonweb Report — Former Pakistan Test fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz has claimed that ICC anti-corruption and security unit chairman Ronnie Flanagan visited Pakistan just because of his pressure.
In an interview to English daily newspaper, Sarfraz said he had written a letter to the National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom and requested them to conduct an inquiry into Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and ICC dubious links, as they joined hands in the past too and never made public the inquiries conducted against different players.
“I am sure the National Crime Agency will look into the matter of grave concern for each and every Pakistani and especially the cricketing community as Pakistan cricket had already suffered too much just because of few certain individuals,” Sarfraz said.
He questioned why Justice Qayyum Commission recommendations were not fully followed and why tainted persons were offered lucrative jobs and no action was taken against Najam Sethi, who had inducted all the suspected and well-known suspicious persons, having a history of inflicting huge damages to country and Pakistan cricket.
The cricketer alleged that, “Sethi is under scrutiny for his alleged involvement in 2015 World Cup matches held in New Zealand and Australia and he should answer the allegations rather than protecting the culprits.”
He said he had requested the National Crime Agency to check the records of Pakistan Super League (PSL) first edition as well, as lot of allegations surfaced and media reported wrong-doings while Karachi Kings all-rounder Ravi Bhopara questioned Shoaib Malik’s decision of not utilizing his bowling expertise. And later in the middle of the PSL, Malik stepped down as skipper of Karachi Kings.
“Had the PCB taken tough stance on spot fixers, tainted players, situation would have been far different. Now everybody see Pakistan cricket with doubts and even our superb performances don’t go unchecked. There is a clear doubt in international community’s mind and we have to come neat and clean as it is matter of prestige and pride of the country.”
He said if the PCB really wanted to implement tough decisions, he was ready to help the board. “And it is not a personal agenda or point-scoring. It is about Pakistan cricket and we stand united on national cause.”