Shoaib Akhtar blames low pay for match-fixing

The latest cricket news states that the Controversial former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said in an interview that cricketer are being trapped in match fixing as they are not paid much pay.

The 37-years-old Pakistan fast bowler said, “Fixing happens in our culture because there’s less money, there are even lesser opportunities. Cricketers victimised by their boards return (to the team) to mint money.”

Further, Shoaib Akhtar said, “In 2008, I had no money to even buy a car. I had to borrow money from a friend. I handled it, others go astray.”

The cricketer said, “Your friends ditch you, (the cricket) board doesn’t back you. They all run you down. So when you return you think ‘let me teach them a lesson’. Some are corrupt, but some cricketers are turned into criminals by the system.”

The three Pakistani cricketers were trapped into match fixing in 2012- Test captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif- they were sent to jail after found guilty during the Lord’s Test match against England.

Akhtar said, “We (in Pakistan) don’t have much money in cricket. I wasn’t playing for India you know. I was an elite star, still after playing for 14 years I only made seven-eight crore rupees ($1.35-1.54 million).”

Shoaib Akhtar played for Pakistan and took 178 wickets in 46 tests and 247 wickets in 163 ODIs between 1997 and 2011.

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