Afridi reveals he knew Butt, Amir and Asif’s wrongdoing before spot-fixing scandal
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi revealed in his autobiography ‘Game Changer’ that he knew about the trio’s malpractices before the 2010 spot-fixing scandal broke out in open.
Since Afridi released his autobiography, he has come into the spotlight several times. He is also currently having a word of battle with the former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir.
The former all-rounder meanwhile also revealed in his autobiography that he was aware of what Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt was about to do in 2010.
In the autobiography, he revealed that he become aware of suspicious conversations between player agent Mazhar Majeed, who was at the centre of the scandal, and players who were eventually accused during the 2010 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.
Afridi’s words from his Autobiography –
“I got hold of the original evidence in the racket — phone messages that would eventually come into play against players involved in the spot-fixing controversy,” he says. “When I took that evidence to the team management, what happened next didn’t inspire much confidence in those tasked with managing and running the affairs of Pakistan’s national cricket team.”
“Before the Sri Lanka tour, Majeed and his family had joined the team during the championship. At one of the Sri Lankan beaches, Majeed’s young son dropped his father’s mobile phone in the water and it stopped working.”
“Majeed gave the phone for repair to a shop whose owner was a ‘friend of a friend’. While fixing the phone, the shop owner, when asked to retrieve the messages came across Majeed’s messages to players of the Pakistan team. Though he shouldn’t have seen what he did, it was that leak from him to my friend and a few others (whom I won’t name) that looped me in on the scam.”
Afridi also elaborated how he tried to alert the Pakistan team officials about conversation –
“When I received those messages back in Sri Lanka, I showed them to Waqar Younis, then coach of the team. Unfortunately, he didn’t escalate the matter. Both Waqar and I thought it was something that would go away, something that wasn’t as bad as it looked, just a dodgy conversation between players and Majeed, at worst. ”
“But the messages weren’t harmless banter — they were part of something larger, which the world would soon discover.”
The trio was later banned after being involved in spot-fixing in a Test against England.