Razzaq reveals Afridi slapped Amir over spot-fixing
Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has claimed that left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir was slapped by former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi over sport-fixing.
“He (Afridi) told me to leave the room but after a while I heard the sound of a slap and then Amir told the whole truth,” Razzaq was quoted as saying by the GNN news channel.
Razzaq also blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regime for bringing bad name to the sport in the country due to its failure to take action against three cricketers.
Razzaq further blamed the PCB for spoiling the image of Pakistan cricket across the globe.
“I thought instead of going to the ICC to prove its efficiency, the PCB should have instead directly taken the three players to task despite their denials and sent them back home on some pretext. They should have banned them for a year or so. In the end by not doing this, the PCB spoilt the image of Pakistan cricket worldwide.”
Razzaq also claimed that Salman Butt was involved in match-fixing much before the infamous incident at Lord’s.
“I shared my concerns with Afridi but he said it is just my waham (misconception) and nothing is wrong. But when I was batting with Salman Butt during a match of the World T20 in West Indies, I was convinced he was letting down the team. I was surprised when he refused this strategy. When I realised what he was up to (something) I told him strictly to give me the strike. Yet every over he deliberately played two or three balls and then gave me strike. I got upset and felt the pressure and got out,” said Razzaq.