The conviction of Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif in the spot-fixing scandal by a London Court has left the cricketing fraternity distraught in Pakistan.
While some heaped scorn on the banned players for bringing a bad name to Pakistan cricket, others said Pakistan cricket needs to learn lessons from the scandal.
“I’m sad about what has happened because it involves sportsmen but at the same time I think justice has been done because if you do something wrong you pay the price,” said former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas.
“I just feel sad for Pakistan cricket because cricketers are not supposed to be associated with crime and corruption. But I think in a way it is good for Pakistan and world cricket because it should serve as a deterrent to others,” he said.
The Pakistan Cricket Board, however, choose not to make any comment.
Former captain Rashid Latif felt that two main characters in the whole scandal, Mazhar Mahmood (the News of the World reporter who conducted the sting) and bookie Mazhar Majeed deserved to be punished as well.
“They set the trap for our players which they fell into and for that they have paid the price today. Justice is all characters in this scandal be penalised,” he said.
‘Check assets of all players named’
Lahore: Pakistan's outcast wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider demanded that authorities check the assets of all the players, who were named by alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed during his conversation with an undercover reporter.
Haider, who had fled the Pakistan team hotel from Dubai last November after claiming he was given death threats by a bookmaker, said he felt vindicated after hearing about the jury verdict against Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif.
ASCU to start probe
The ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) is set to launch its own investigation of Pakistan's tour of England in 2010 after the criminal trial into spot-fixing in London exposed more allegedly tainted matches. More players, reported Cricinfo.com, are set to come under scrutiny.
Recovered text messages exposed during the trial at Southwark Crown Court revealed four more Tests appear to have been affected by spot-fixing on the tour - not just the one at Lord's.
Umpires, officials too fix matches: Modi
New Delhi: Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi on Tuesday accused umpires and administrators of the game of involving in match-fixing. “It’s not only players that fix matches — there are umpires too in connivance with administrators. Again... these reports are buried,” he tweeted.