Pakistan cricket was shaken to its core with the spot-fixing catastrophe during the tour of England in 2010. The three players convicted of the crime – Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt – have gradually made their way back to the cricketing mainstream following the completion of their respective bans with Amir in particular going on to play international cricket once again.
Amir’s return to the Pakistan team was not without controversy as then-captain Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez raised their voice against the left-arm pacer’s comeback. Hafeez recently revisited the scenario and reaffirmed his principled stance of not allowing convicted spot-fixers or match-fixers back in the side.
“It was my principled decision and is still the same that whoever plays for Pakistan and is unable to uphold the honour of Pakistan should never get a chance to represent the national side again,” he told Shoaib Akhtar in an interview for the latter’s YouTube channel.
“Those players are like my brothers and I pray for them but what they did with the integrity of Pakistan, I was against that. I raised my voice in this regard but I was told that they will play for Pakistan and if you wish to play as well, then you decide your future and I was shocked to hear this,” Hafeez shared.