By Kiran Bokhari
(Pak Destiny) Watch carefully some of the final round matches of Pakistan Super League and you will find all is not ‘fixed’ but a few.
So far at least three fixtures in the last leg of the league round were clearly suspected. The firs on was the fixture between Lahore Qalandars and the Karachi Kings that lost the latter in the super over. Kings’ Usman Shinwari had overstepped (big no-ball) like Muhammad Aamir did in Oval in 2010-11 England-Pakistan Test series. Such a no-ball on the last ball was a clear evidence that something was fixed somewhere.
Similarly, Karachi Kings was involved in another dubious game with Islamabad United which it needed to win to reach the last four. Misbahul Haq deliberately chose to field weak team ‘perhaps’ with some understanding to benefit Karachi. In the end Karachi won easily.
In Lahore Qalandar and Pershawar Zalmi last game the former bowlers made short-pitch deliveries making it very easy for Kamran Akmal and company to easily throw them out of the park. Winning was the only option for Zalmi to qualify so it did. Qalandars lost nothing but perhaps made ‘every thing’ after losing.
So betting and fixing cannot ruled out in the PSL. Someone needs to investigate, may be top guys of PCB and the teams owners. – Pak Destiny