Friday 23 May 2014 

Corruption 'A Sad Reality Of Modern Day Cricket - Shahid Nazir

Inzamam-ul-Haq (far left) captained the Lahore Badshahs, for whom Nazir played, during the Indian Cricket League
Inzamam-ul-Haq (far left) captained the Lahore Badshahs, for whom Nazir played, during the Indian Cricket League
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Although former Pakistan international Shahid Nazir says he was never approached during his time playing in the Indian Cricket League, he says that recent revelations have come as no surprise.

Nazir, who played for the Lahore Badshahs in the now-defunct league, told PakPassion.com that corruption is 'a sad reality of modern day cricket'.

His comments come just days after it was revealed that the ICL is one of the leagues in which Lou Vincent has confessed to fixing matches.

"I was never offered any money by any bookie while I played at the ICL," Nazir confirmed.

"When I played in the ICL tournament which was in 2008, I never suspected any wrongdoing from any players and nobody in my presence ever mentioned that they had been approached by a bookie.

"However, after the tournament had finished then rumours started to circulate and that got me thinking regarding certain incidents and matches.

"I'm therefore not surprised by Lou Vincent's allegations," he added.

Vincent has been charged by the England & Wales Cricket Board, along with Pakistan-born pace bowler Naved Arif, with multiple breaches of corruption.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today commended the ECB for taking action, confirming that, like the ICL, the matches under investigation fell outside of its jurisdiction.

The ICL was also independent of the Indian board (BCCI) and rapidly faded away as the Indian Premier League (IPL) took centre stage.

However, while many around the world may have forgotten about the ICL, Nazir is among a group of Pakistani players who are still chasing unpaid fees from the league and are unable to simply move on.

"There's a lot of money still owed to the Lahore Badshah players including PKR 60-70 Lakh prize money.

"None of the players were ever paid in full. The problem is that we aren't sure if Moin Khan (then the Badshahs coach) took the money off the ICL and then didn't pay us or whether he didn't receive the monies due to us from the ICL organisers.

"I find it hard to believe that there was such a shortfall in the monies received by Moin. Some players are even saying that Moin received the money but has not distributed it onto the players!

Nazir says that he and his compatriots have been left with little choice but to take legal action.

"There are eleven players taking legal action which are myself, Imran Nazir, Shabbir Ahmed, Riaz Afridi, Naved Latif, Tahir Mughal, Hafiz Khalid, Shahid Yousaf, Rana Naved, Taufiq Umar and Arshad Khan.

"We are in discussions with our lawyers and once the groundwork has been done by our legal teams then we will take the matter further.

"At this moment in time our legal representatives are looking at whether to take legal action against Moin Khan or the organisers of the ICL.

"The preparations are well underway regarding legal action and further details will be available soon.

"We are owed money, it's our livelihood and we earned those monies, they should be paid to us."

Shahid played 15 Tests and 17 One-Day Internationals for Pakistan between 1996 and 2007.

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