Former Pakistan cricket Hasan Raza will go down in record books as the youngest player ever to make a debut in international cricket. Taking guard in Test cricket at the tender age of 14, Hasan’s career, however, did not really kick off and he was not able to cement his place in the Pakistan side in the long-run.
In recent times, much to the chagrin of cricket fans, Hasan’s name has been circulating in the media as part of alleged corrupt practices in the sport. In an Al Jazeera documentary, the 37-year-old was filmed having discussions with bookies and reportedly being part of a spot-fixing cell.
Finally speaking out over this allegation, Hasan came out in an interview to publicly declare his innocence. He categorically denied having taken part in any illicit activity that would gain him an unfair advantage in the sport.
He related that the interview in question in the documentary was actually a routine meeting where he was invited to a local cricketing tournament organized in UAE.
He said he was unaware of the person’s background with whom he was meeting, as he later turned out to be Robin Morris, who was adjudged guilty for doctoring pitches in the Test series between Sri Lanka and India.
Hasan maintained his innocence and pleaded the media to not hype up news stories based on rumors. He thus advocated the need for more education and sensitizing of youngsters pertaining to issues of match-fixing and spot-fixing in cricket.