Pak­istan coach ‘gut­ted’ over spot-fix­ing scan­dal

New Straits Times - - Sport -

KARACHI: Pak­istan’s head coach Mickey Arthur on Tues­day said he felt “gut­ted” over a fresh al­leged spot-fix­ing scan­dal that has en­gulfed his team, adding any play­ers found guilty only had them­selves to blame.

The Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) have pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended Shar­jeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mo­ham­mad Ir­fan, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed on charges linked to spot-fix­ing and meet­ings with book­mak­ers in the re­cently con­cluded Pak­istan Su­per League.

Arthur, who took over as coach in May last year, said play­ers “need to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions.”

He added: “Play­ers be­come greedy and that’s hurt­ing in­ter­na­tional cricket in gen­eral and the re­cent case has hurt Pak­istan.” He sin­gled out the loss of opener Shar­jeel Khan, who scored three con­sec­u­tive half cen­turies in the one-day se­ries in Aus­tralia in Jan­uary, as a ma­jor blow.

“He (Shar­jeel) was in the team for all the for­mats. He had got his name on the map and he got him­self fit and he was about to be­come an ex­plo­sive player for us and it’s sad.”

But he added play­ers could not plead ig­no­rance about a fail­ure to re­port ap­proaches by would-be fix­ers be­cause they had been warned re­peat­edly.

“All the boards in­clud­ing the PCB ed­u­cate the play­ers of the pit­falls,” he said.

“There should be no com­pla­cency on the part of the play­ers be­cause los­ing play­ers to the greed of fix­ing is hugely dis­ap­point­ing,” he added.

De­spite the losses of Shar­jeel and Ir­fan, an­other reg­u­lar in the limited overs’ sides, Arthur was up­beat about the team’s chances on the up­com­ing West Indies tour.

“I am ex­cited to have a new cap­tain in Sar­fraz Ahmed,” he said, hail­ing the wicket-keeper bats­man who has re­placed Azhar Ali, adding new play­ers would “bring more en­ergy.”

Pak­istan and the West Indies — cur­rently eighth and ninth in the one-day rank­ings — are vy­ing for a di­rect place in the 2019 World Cup in Eng­land.

The world’s top eight teams at the time of the cut off date of Septem­ber 2017 will qual­ify for while the rest will fea­ture in a qual­i­fy­ing event in 2018. AFP

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