Once agin pakistan match fixing claims,Salim Malik is the first name in Pakistan’s match-fixing history, who was accused by three Australian players, saying Malik bribed them to show pathetic performance in match.
After these allegations surfaced, Salim Malik, Aijaz Ahmed and Akram Raza were expelled from the team for some time.
Later on, it was learnt that Shane Warne and Mark Waugh also benefited from these book-makers.
Salim Malik and Aijaz Ahmed returned to the team; however, with the slur unwashed.
Similarly, brows were raised when Captain Wasim Akram went unfit before the quarter final with an injury in 1996 World Cup.
The year 1999 saw another match-fixing storm that devoured Salim Malik, Wasim Akram, Mushtaq Ahmed, Ataur Rehman, Waqar Younis, Inzamamul Haq, Akram Raza and Saeed Anwar.
Justice Malik Qayyum recommended fining them. Of them, only Salim Malik and Ataur Rehman were banned to play all sort of cricket.
This time round, Pak squad once again is being said to have been involved in the match-fixing scam with Kamran Akmal’s anemic wicket-keeping in Australia tour or Danish Kaneria’s alleged involvement in the run up to England tour; however, nothing was substantiated with evidence.
Muhammed Aamir and Muhammed Asif’s alleged involvement in match-fixing cuts every Pakistani at heart; however, it is quite deplorable that former captain Waqar Younis and Aijaz Ahmed are even today present with the team in different capacities.
Assistant coach Aquib Javed admitted on match-fixing charges in front of a committee probing into Pakistan’s bad performance in Australia tour.