Exclusive: Strong steps should be taken to set an example for future: Mohsin Khan

Shukriya Pakistan

Karachi: Former Test cricketer Mohsin Khan believes it is time that Pakistan set an example for future generations by banning all those players, who have embarrassed  the nation by being involved in corrupt practices.

“I don’t have any personal problems with Mohammad Amir and when I say that there should be no space for corrupt cricketers in our national team, then I mean to say that it should be and should have been a general practice for everyone,” Mohsin Khan told arysports.tv in an exclusive interview.

ICC on Thursday has given green signal to pacer Mohammad Amir to play domestic cricket. Amir, who was involved in spot-fixing scandal and was jailed in UK and banned for five years, will see his ban expire on September 2 this year.

“South Africa unwillingly banned the then team’s backbone and captain (late) Hansie Cronje and set an example of zero tolerance for corrupt practices. India also set an example for generations to come after they banned their superstar captain Azharuddin and stars Ajay Jadeja and Parabhakar for life,” he said.

“Had we done that also, some 13 years back, we would not have lost our these three very talented players because they wouldn’t have come near to corrupt practices having a strong example already set in the past. However, it is now high time for us to set an example of ‘zero tolerance’ for corrupt practices, even if we have to taste bitter sips to keep our respect of the law above everyone.

“This will give a clear message to our upcoming cricketers that there will be no future if they involve in corrupt practices. It would also help Pakistan better its image in the world of cricket,” said Mohsin, who had also been a chief selector and coach of Pakistan national side.

“As I always say for Allah’s sake that ‘don’t play with Pakistan, play for Pakistan’,” he added.