The former Pakistani cricketer, Aqib Javed, has disclosed that he received threats when he denied to involve himself in the match-fixing activities.
Match-fixing and spot-fixing have been the part of Pakistan Cricket for so long. There are several names who have catched a spotlight in recent times. Umar Akmal, M. Amir, Salman Butt, and Sharjeel Khan. Also, the former cricketers such as Saleem Malik, and the ones who got their names featured in Justice Qayyum report have been disgraced by many.
Dragging the name of dead cricketer, Saleem Parvez, Aqib added that he was the major asset whom players used to approach for culprits activities.
Aqib Javed: I was asked for match-fixing, received threats if didn’t imply
“Lavish cars and millions of rupees were handed over to a cricketer. I was also asked to fix matches and was told that if I did not comply, my career would be finished. Players were approached with match-fixing offers through a former cricketer named Saleem Pervez.” Javed was quoted as saying in a local news channel, reported by Cricket Pakistan.
The former player revealed he has no regrets over his shortened career. According to him, people tried to sideline him, but he had a vast belief in his values.
“When I came to know about fixing, I took a strong stance and stood by it. I don’t regret the fact that it shortened my career, as I strongly believe in my values. People tried to sideline me from tours because of my stance. I would also reprimand those people who would talk to me.” Javed said.
Aqib maintained how the players get encouraged when once involved in the match-fixing and spot-fixing activities. He added that once the player tries to disclose the fixers, he himself takes a dig at his career.
“These things [letting players return] encourage those who have been involved with match-fixing. Those who blow the whistle against match-fixers hurt their own careers,” he added.