Pakistan leg-spin legend Abdul Qadir stated that if the former cricketers who were suspected of spot-fixing were hanged then the spot-fixing scandal wouldn’t have taken place.
During his appearance on a TV show, Qadir said Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq, and Mushtaq Ahmed were the ‘bigger’ suspects in the match-fixing scandal of the 90s which strongly hit the Pakistan cricket.
A report of the Express Tribune stated, “Had you hanged Wasim Akram, Inzamam, Mushtaq Ahmed - there’s an entire list - instead of giving them a slap on the wrist, what’s happening now would’ve never happened.”
It also stated, “Ataur Rehman and Salim Malik were made the scapegoats, and even they would’ve escaped if they carried cricketing value or were in their prime. The way of our country is to nab the smaller culprit and let the bigger one go.”
Qadir also questioned why the report of Justice Malik Muhammad Qayyum on match-fixing hadn’t been enforced. He said, “All of Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam and Mushtaq either currently work or have previously worked within the PCB. Why weren’t the recommendations of Justice Qayyum’s report enforced?”
During the ongoing season of Pakistan Super League (PSL), at least five players have been alleged in an ongoing investigation, which includes players like Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hasan. Currently, all these will remain suspended from playing competitive cricket.