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Accused players should blame themselves, says Mickey Arthur

Sharjeel Khan is among the star players of his team.

By Aditya Pratap Arya -

Mickey Arthur, head coach of Pakistan is much gutted after the latest spot-fixing scandal which handed suspension to five players of Pakistan. He said guilty players should blame only themselves.

Pakistan Cricket Board has been suspended Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed after admitting they received offers from bookie during recently concluded Pakistan Super League.

Arthur said “Players need to take responsibility for their actions. Players become greedy and that’s hurting international cricket in general and the recent case has hurt Pakistan.”

He feels his team will miss Sharjeel Khan, who has scored three consecutive fifties during ODI series in Australia. “He (Sharjeel) was in the team for all the formats. He had got his name on the map and he got himself fit and he was about to become an explosive player for us and it’s sad,” he added.

Johannesburg-born believes boards have done a great job to prevent their players from fixing and it is their mistake as they didn’t file a complaint against the bookmaker.

“All the boards including the PCB educate the players of the pitfalls. They have gotten reams and reams of lectures from the ICC (International Cricket Council) anti-corruption unit and they are doing a great job in education,” the 48-year-old told.

“There should be no complacency on the part of the players because losing players to the greed of fixing is hugely disappointing.”

All of the suspended players have been played international cricket, but Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Irfan were regular in all three formats. Despite losing these players, Arthur is excited about upcoming limited-over series against West Indies.

“I am excited to have a new captain in Sarfraz Ahmed,” he said, hailing the wicket-keeper batsman who has replaced Azhar Ali, adding new players would “bring more energy”.

Both Pakistan and West Indies are facing a fear to not directly qualify for the World Cup 2019 which will take place in England. Top-8 ranked ODI teams till September 2017 will directly make a place in that marquee event, while the rest of the teams will fight in a qualifying tournament to find a place.

Aditya Pratap Arya

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