Ball-tampering and match fixing issues have made frequent headlines in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The fifth season of the tournament kicked off on Friday. A meeting was held before the competition with the captains and coaches of all the franchises present including match referee Roshan Mahanama to discuss on the issues.
The experienced match referee made it clear that these things are strictly prohibited by the ICC. It was reported that Karachi Kings captained Imad Wasim interrupted him saying that it was almost impossible to stop it in PSL. Quetta Gladiators head coach, Moin Khan was least pleased with the all-rounder’s allegations and asked him to take names.
Allegedly, Imad Wasim took the names of Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, and Ravi Bopara who have tampered the ball previously in the PSL. “I feel for those who make such blunders. Cricket is our bread and butter and we can’t earn doing anything else. I can only feel for them because I know the sort of mental, physical and emotional pressure an affected family goes through in such circumstances because one individual made a mistake,” the 31-year-old said as quoted by India Today.
Imad Wasim voices out his support for Sharjeel Khan
The player himself admitted that he mentioned names in the meeting and suggested that the captains should be banned if any player is caught doing any injustice to the game. On the very day the Pakistan international made these comments, Umar Akmal was suspended by PCB after failing to report a spot-fixing approach. Apparently, his teammate Sharjeel Khan was also banned for and a half years for the same mistake.
Imad Wasim, on this instance, asked for forgiveness as he feels every person in their life makes mistakes and they should be forgiven after a while. The no.5 ranked T20I bowler also voiced his support towards Sharjeel Khan who is making a comeback after serving the ban.
“You can sense he is feeling the pressure and is constantly under the glare. But we are supporting him and we are confident he will come through. He has shown courage and is bravely facing the situation,” he added further. His team will be in action tomorrow against Peshawar Zalmi.