Aaqib Javed, the former World Cup-winning bowler, has made shocking revelations as far as match-fixing in Pakistan cricket during his playing days is concerned.
During the past three months, several former Pakistani cricketers have come out and made sensational revelations on match-fixing during his playing days.
Aaqib Javed, however, has gone one step ahead and revealed the name of the cricketer who used to act as a mediator between players and corruptors.
According to Aaqib Javed, it was Saleem Pervez, former Pakistan cricketer, who used to lure his fellow cricketers for match-fixing.
“Lavish cars and millions of rupees were handed over to a cricketer. I was also asked to fix matches and was told that if I did not comply, my career would be finished. Players were approached with match-fixing offers through a former cricketer named Saleem Pervez,” Aaqib Javed was quoted as saying in a local news channel as reported by Cricket Pakistan.
‘I took a strong stance and stood by it’- Aaqib Javed
Aaqib Javed revealed that when he came to know about fixing, he decided to take a strong stance against it; something he feels paved way for his career getting curtailed.
However, the former fast bowler does not have any regrets for the stance that he took.
“When I came to know about fixing, I took a strong stance and stood by it. I don’t regret the fact that it shortened my career as I strongly believe in my values. People tried to sideline me from tours because of my stance and would also reprimand those people who would talk to me,” Aaqib Javed said.
In recent times, a lot of former cricketers from the Pakistan team of the 1990s have come out to give their side of the story as far as match-fixing is concerned.
The most prominent of them is former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik. Malik, who was handed a lifetime ban on the recommendation of Justice Qayyum-led committee, had said that he was ready to cooperate with both International Cricket Council and Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] so that he can get his name cleared, which will allow him to earn a living through the game.
Malik also apologized to his fans and the entire country for bringing the game to shame, via a video message.