Fixing is not a mistake, it is a crime: Hafeez

Fixing is not a mistake, it is a crime: Hafeez

Pakistan’s experienced allrounder, Mohammad Hafeez told that he does not believe that anyone can do fixing mistakenly, he coined it as a crime.

Hafeez addressed a press conference where he stated that he has the same stance against fixing as he had before and it is not for any individual.

“Everyone has an opinion and I have a very strong opinion (on fixing), I still stand by it, it is my principle stance, it is not for any individual,” he said.

“My point is simple, whoever damages country’s name, should never get the same respect after he is found guilty,” he added.

Mohammad Hafeez was against the comeback of young left-arm fast bowler, Mohammad Amir who committed corruption during Pakistan’s tour to England in 2010. However, the board supported Amir, who had served his 5-year ban and returned in the Green colour early in 2016.

The 36-year old hinted that the latest PSL spot fixing saga has taken place because culprits of previous such incidents were not dealt properly.

“It is very painful what we are seeing now, they are guilty or not, I will not comment on it. But, if any such incident is associated with Pakistan again, it would be disastrous,” he stated.

He revealed that after 2010 incident, players and management became extra careful and did not get into any such controversy since then.

“After 2010 incident, team and the management imposed curfews on themselves and assured to avoid any such controversy and all these years nothing like that was associated with us and now this incident is very hurtful,” he told.

He emphasised that whoever don Pakistan colours should be responsible to protect its dignity and make sure that he does not compromise it.

“If someone commits the act and calls it a mistake, I categorically call it a crime, it cannot be a mistake,” he put it straight.

“I am hurt by this incident as all other Pakistanis are,” he added.

“I hope that authorities now take some serious decisions against guilty players and make an example out of them for youngsters so that they do not even think of doing it,” he further said.

In the ongoing spot fixing row, PCB has suspended Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzeb Hasan. They are being investigated by FIA as well as by the tribunal made by the board.

On a question regarding his retirement, Hafeez told that he will keep playing till he feels he is justifying his place and the moment he will realize that he is unable to perform, he will say goodbye to international cricket.