Mohammad Amir opened up on spot-fixing after Shahid Afridi slapped him: Abdul Razzaq

first_imgMohammad Amir opened up on spot-fixing after Shahid Afridi slapped him: Abdul RazzaqICC had banned all three players—Salman Butt for ten years, of which five were suspended, Muhammad Asif for seven years, of which two were suspended, and Muhammad Amir for five years, after spot-fixing charges were proved during investigation.advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiJune 12, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 18:52 IST Muhammed Amir is part of Pakistan’s 15-man squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAmir and Muhammad Asif were the three players eventually banned for a minimum of five yearsAbdul Razzaq blamed the then PCB set-up for bringing bad name to Pakistan cricketRazzaq narrated the Aamir incident while speaking to a Pakistani news channelMohammad Amir had confessed to spot-fixing only after then ODI skipper Shahid Afridi slapped the fast bowler while Salman Butt was involved in corruption much before Pakistan’s ill-fated tour of England in 2010, claimed former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq.Spilling the beans on the scandal which tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket, Razzaq narrated the Aamir incident while speaking to the GNN news channel.”He (Afridi) told me to leave the room but after a while I heard the sound of a slap and then Aamir told the whole truth,” Razzaq said.The all-rounder also blamed the then PCB set-up for bringing bad name to Pakistan cricket.”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, 39, also claimed that Butt was deliberately getting out and playing dot balls much before the scandal broke out in England.”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.”Razzaq recalled he told Butt to take a single and give him the strike but he did not pay heed to his advise.advertisement”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.”Butt, Amir and Muhammad Asif were the three players eventually banned for a minimum of five years in early 2011 by the ICC’s anti-corruption tribunal after they were first suspended in September 2010.All three have now returned to playing cricket after completing their five-year bans. But only Amir has been considered and picked for the Pakistan national team and is presently competing in the World Cup.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sania Mirza blasts cringeworthy’ TV ads ahead of India-Pakistan matchAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan sport black armbands vs Australia in honour of late cricketer, umpireAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Shahid AfridiFollow Muhammed AmirFollow Salman ButtFollow Abdul RazzaqFollow Pakistan cricket teamlast_img read more

Sri Lanka says relations with Canada warm and cordial

The ceremony was commenced with hoisting the national flag and singing the national anthem in Sinhala and Tamil languages, followed by observance of two minute silence in honour of our National Heroes. Sri Lanka says its relations with Canada remains very warm and cordial.The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Canada, M.A.K. Girihagama said that the priority of the Sri Lankan mission in Canada was to strengthen trade and economic relations with Canada. The traditional oil lamp was lit by guests representing all communities and Sri Lankan associations based in Ottawa.  Religious discourses were delivered by the members of the clergy representing the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths.The message of President Maithripala Sirisena was read by Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Canada, while those of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana were read by Ms. Sithara Khan, Deputy High Commissioner and Ms. Mithila Perera, Second Secretary of the High Commission. He was speaking at the celebrations held to mark the 71st Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence at the Sri Lanka High Commissioner’s Official Residence in Ottawa, Canada with the participation of over 120 Sri Lankan Community members. A luncheon was hosted by the High Commission at the conclusion of the ceremony. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Girihagama noted that the main challenge that Sri Lanka is facing today is bringing economic prosperity to the country. He enumerated several positive developments in Sri Lanka in terms of imports, exports, and tourism sectors and emphasized the need of committed and planned economic drive to a better economic growth in 2019.Referring to the substantial presence of Canadians of Sri Lankan extraction on the occasion, the High Commissioner referred to them as the greatest strength to Sri Lanka’s efforts in promoting bilateral relations with Canada.The 71st National Day celebration was attended by the Sri Lankan community members including, particularly, a group of Tamil community members from the city of Montreal, depicting strong friendship and reconciliation. read more