Karachi, Pakistan. Three Pakistani cricketers, who were recently banned by ICC (International Cricket Council) for a minimum period of five years for indulging in spot-fixing, have offered themselves available for a lifetime ban if they were allowed to fix a few more matches, especially in the coming World Cup.
The cricketers made this offer after PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) decided not to help the players seek clemency by appealing against the verdict.
“If they want to make the punishment exemplary for the future players, what could be better than a lifetime ban?” argued 18-year-old Mohammad Amir, who was found guilty of spot-fixing along with his team mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif during Pakistan’s 2010 tour of England.
“Let them ban us forever from playing cricket,” Mohammad Asif, also the ex-boyfriend of Veena Malik, agreed with young Amir, “But they should allow us to play in the coming world cup and throw some more no-balls and wides after consulting the bookies.”
The trio argued that this would be a “win-win” situation for all the parties – ICC, cricketers, and bookies.
“We’d be able to earn the kind of money that we can help us sustain our families for rest of our lives, while ICC would be able to award and showcase the strictest possible punishment against match-fixing,” Salman Butt pointed out, “And of course, bookies would get what they want.”
According to sources, PCB, which earlier didn’t show any interest in helping the players, has now expressed interest in “partnering” with the cricketers in their latest “initiative”.
“Yes, we got a call from a board member earlier today where he offered us to help and secure a better ‘deal’ with the ICC,” Salman Butt confirmed, “But we have not taken a call yet. In fact, we may not need them at all as ICC president Sharad Pawar has already replied to our mails and sought details of our offer.”