Mohammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: The banned left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir has the weight of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) behind him however the former chief executive, Arif Ali Khan Abbasi minced no word in criticising the PCB for setting a wrong precedent. “I see it as yet another glaring omission and it will open a Pandora’s box, the others will also say that if Amir was allowed than what about them, and then the PCB would have no leg to stand on”, said Arif Abbasi while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
The PCB, reportedly, is in pursuit of getting Mohammad Amir’s five-year ban reduced and will seek advice from the Queen’s Counsel in England in that regard.
Earlier, the caretaker chairman of the PCB, Najam Sethi also discussed the issue in an ICC meeting during which the apex body did express readiness to constitute a committee to look into the matter. “They [ICC] must have been amazed that this is a cricket board which is willing to support a convict”, claimed Abbasi
“This is indicative of the fact that you were a bent cricket board which was willing to forget and forgive those who had not only betrayed their board but the country, fellow players, spectators and the opposition as well”, added Abbasi
Abbasi also ruled out a concession for Amir in view of his young age. “Why should they be given a leniency, what have they done to deserve that, and to say that the person was young is an accident of birth only”, mentioned Abbasi
The paceman, Mohammad Amir, was banned after being found guilty of spot-fixing in the infamous Lord’s Test against England in 2010 along with Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt.
The former chief executive also touched upon the case of Danish Kaneria and claimed that it was a fitting case for the PCB to take up as apparently there is no proof against the banned leg-spinner. “Everybody wants to forgive a culprit but nobody wants to even sympathise with a person like Kaneria. There is seemingly no proof against him, if they have found proof than he [Kaneria] should be treated the way the other three but if there is no proof than you have a chance of winning that case”, mentioned Arif Abbasi
“Has he been written off just because he is Hindu, that’s disappointing”, concludes Arif Abbasi
The writer is a Pakistani sports journalist, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif