Cricket’s match-fixing ‘mafia den’ is in India, alleges former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed. One of the whistleblowers in the corruption scandal in Pakistan cricket in the 1990s, Aaqib also claimed that he received death threats for his past accusations against big-name players such as Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Saleem Malik.
“Questions have been raised about the IPL and I think the den of this match-fixing mafia is India,” Aaqib told a local channel on Wednesday.
Aaqib also slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for paving the way for Mohammad Amir’s return to cricket.
“These things encourage those who have been involved with match-fixing Those who blow the whistle against match-fixers hurt their own careers,” said Aqib.
The 47-year-old had earlier alleged in a statement during investigations in the 1990s that Wasim Akram had kept him out of the Pakistan side after he had declined an offer to fix games.
Aaqib claimed on Wednesday that he had received death threats from match-fixers and they told him that they will annihilate his body if he testified in court. The former fast bowler also said that only four to five players are needed to fix a game, which certainly was not a difficult task in the 1990s.
“The team had great potential back then and yet they were seen underperforming in many events, including the Singer Cup,” he said.
Former players Majid Khan and Rashid Latif had previously made allegations about the Singer Champions Trophy in 1997-98, where Wasim Akram had promoted himself up the batting order instead of sending in in-form batsmen and was seen using a mobile phone in the dressing room, according to the Justice Qayyum Report