Karachi: Fast bowler Mohammad Asif has alleged that players have been involved in fixing matches before him but he was not treated better by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The 37-year-old was banned for seven years for his role in the infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal and he also served jail time in England after being found guilty. Five years later ICC suspended the previous order allowing him to play all formats of cricket.
“Players had been indulging in fixing before me and even after me. But those before me are working with PCB and there are few after me still playing,” Asif told ESPNCricinfo.
“Everyone was given a second chance and there are few who never got the same treatment as me. PCB never tried to save me regardless of the fact that I am the kind of bowler who was highly regarded by everyone in the world,” he added.
However, Asif feels proud of the impact he made during the short time on the cricket field. “But anyway I’m not sitting around brooding about the past or hung up on it. What happened is history. However much I played in my career, I made it count, (I shook up the world). That is more important for me to think about,” he maintained.
He reminded that even today, best batsmen around the globe still remember him and talk about his abilities.
“Just think how big the impact was that I had on the world. So this is what makes me proud – that there is a reason KP, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla talk highly about me. That is what makes me happy,” he added.
Asif took 165 wickets while representing Pakistan in 23 Tests, 38 ODIs and 11 T20Is.