Former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad has demanded capital punishments for players who are found guilty of corruption. Pakistan cricket has been rocked by several corruption scandals in the last couple of decades and the signs are still not promising.
Every now and then, Pakistan cricket’s image gets tarnished because of players’ involvement in corruption. In 2010, Pakistan was rocked when Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were found guilty of spot-fixing during the England tour.
The trio was banned soon. Later, Amir returned to international cricket but Butt and Asif have not. A couple of years ago, Sharjeel Khan was also found guilty of corruption during a PSL game and was banned. However, PCB cut short his ban and he played in this year’s PSL.
Recently, Umar Akmal was caught in a corruption scandal too and he faces a 12-month ban and a heavy fine for not reporting a spot-fixing offer made to him apparently at the start of the PSL in February. And with players from Pakistan involving in corruption on a regular basis, Javed Miandad has suggested that corrupt players should be hanged for bringing their country into disrepute.
Speaking on his Youtube channel, the former Pakistan captain said he had no sympathies for players who indulge in fixing of any sort and commit treason with their teams and country.
“Players who are involved in spot-fixing should be severely punished,” said Javed Miandad.
“Spot-fixers should be hanged because it is similar to killing someone and so the punishment should also be on the same lines. An example should be set so that no player even thinks about doing something like this.
“These things go against the teachings of our religion (Islam) and should be treated accordingly,” he added.
Miandad’s comments came after Pakistan’s experienced allrounder Muhammad Hafeez had triggered off a debate on whether players found guilty of corruption should be allowed to return to the Pakistan team. Hafeez had questioned the need to allow Sharjeel Khan back in the Pakistan team after he completed a ban for spot-fixing in the PSL. Miandad echoed the same sentiments, saying:
“PCB is not doing the right thing by forgiving them. People who bring these players back should be ashamed of themselves.”