Wednesday Apr 29, 2020
Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has launched an incredible tirade against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and its legal in the aftermath of the Umar Akmal ban, accusing them of giving cover to corrupt cricketers of their choice but feeding other out-of-favours ones to the lions - a practice he said has helped the menace of match-fixing entrench itself in the system.
"The board has given cover to, saved and rehabilitated match-fixers, which has developed this mindset that 'okay I will serve my six-month or two years ban but will be back again like Sharjeel Khan'," Akhtar said in a video on his YouTube channel as he pushed for formalised laws against corruption in cricket.
He explained that corrupt elements will remain in the system until it is criminalised thorough the parliament and the treatment of guilty cricketers is taken out of the board's hands.
Akhtar also ripped apart PCB's legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi, whom he described as an "inept person" for being hard on Akmal but not being able to "read a basic contract".
"The PCB's legal department is rotten to the core. Tafazzul Rizvi in particular is one such individual. He has deep connections and has been with the board for 10-15 years," said the Rawalpindi Express.
"There has never been a case that he has not lost. The thing that angered me the most was when he dragged Shahid Afridi in courts. I believe that stars are born and must be respected, and these lawyers use our high-profile cases to earn fame.
He is an idiot of the highest order and has lost cases against me, Afridi, doping case ... everything. What he does is that he pits PCB against its players and profits off of their legal wrangles.
Akhtar took Rizvi and company to task over their gaffe that led to Pakistan Super League matches (PSL) 2020 gambled on.
"Umar Akmal can be banned for not reporting an approach but the legal department could not see that the PCB itself was making agreements that allowed a third party to make PSL matches available for gambling," Akhtar roard.
"The legal department did not spot that. When betting is illegal here then how come PSL matches were gambled on?"