By Kiran Bokhari
Islamabad (Pak Destiny) Pakistan Cricket Board’s appointees – Coach Waqar Younis and Chief Selector Moin Khan – who allegedly have links with ‘bookie-mafia’ have omitted star cricketer Younis Khan from the OID squad for Australian series as they believe that they cannot maneuver things in his presence in the team.
Both Waqar and Moin had allegtions of match-fixing in the past and had reported links with the mafia in the notorious business.
On the other hand, Younis Khan strongly reacted against what he called Pakistan Cricket Board’s disparaging attitude towards senior players.
“After such derogatory behaviour by the PCB, I advise young cricketers to abandon their dream of playing for the team,” Younis said, adding that throughout his career he had encouraged junior players and had worked to safeguard the rights of fellow team members. He said he never used any contacts to maintain his position in the team or to tilt decisions of the PCB in his favour by using external pressure. Once the captain of the Pakistan team, Younis has played 254 ODIs but he appears to have been sidelined by the selectors since March, 2013 also perhaps on account of what has also been regarded as his inconsistent performance in the last few games.
Waqar and Moin’s links with Bookie Mafia exposed:
Mazhar Majeed an under cover agent of banned Pakistani cricketers agent told that not only these new Cricketers but former Cricketer Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Moin Khan and Ijaz Ahmed, were also involved in match-fixing.
In a witness box in Amir, Asif and Salaman Butt spot fixing case, Mazhar Majeed revealed how he boasted of knowing tennis star Roger Federer and Hollywood actor Brad Pitt ‘very well’.
He also claimed that match-fixing is going on ‘for centuries’ and former captain Wasim, current coach Waqar, Ijaz Ahmed and current chief selector Moin Khan were involved.
“There is massive, massive money in this,” Majeed was heard to say in the recording played to Southwark Crown Court. Majeed said that for a ‘bracket’ – where bets are made on incidents during a certain period of play – the cost could be between £50,000 and £80,000.
“For a result, Twenty20 is about £400,000 and Test matches, depending on the situation, is about £1 million,” he said.
Majeed also tried to impress Mahmood with a series of boasts that included a meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman (PCB) Ijaz Butt, and a potential meeting with former president Pervez Musharraf. The court also heard Majeed explaining in the recording what transpired during his alleged meeting with the PCB chairman.
“I had a meeting with him about doing a domestic tournament. What we were going to do was look at putting a sponsor with each region and do a Twenty20 league.”
According to the recording that the jury heard, Majeed even claimed that ‘Australian cricketers were the biggest match-fixers’.
He also bragged about managing 10 Pakistan players including, Kamran and Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik, and having access to other international stars like Chris Gayle, Ricky Ponting, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh.
‘Testimony damaging for banned players’
Surprisingly, despite knowing the alleged links of Waqar and Moin with match-fixing mafia appointed them on key positions. It appears the PCB is in hand in glove with them. – Pak Destiny