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Experts insist PCB should pick a new team that can fix matches without getting caught


Meanwhile, ICC offers money to bookies if they can “fix” brains of Pak cricketers
Karachi
Several Pakistani ex-cricketers, match-fixers and commentators have insisted that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should select a fresh new team of cricketers who have the ability and shamelessness to do match- and spot-fixing without getting caught. In view of the approaching World Cup in March, the wide belief is that a new, more “undetectable” team —  a team of “smarter bluffmasters” — is the need of the hour. Particularly so, if Pakistan are to successfully lose the World Cup in the first round itself. Even the Pakistan PM has expressed worry and wanted the team to be punished for getting caught.

MOMENT THAT SHAMED GAME: Star bowler Amir delivers Friday's promised no-ball
“Mohammed Amir can’t certainly bowl 
no-balls on demand. Look how far 
his foot went in his attempt to throw no-balls. 
A Pakistan team needs to have undetectable 
match-fixers,” opined Jadeja.
The current team has been slammed by critics the world over for not being able to bowl no-balls and spill easy catches without suspicion. “When you bowl so big no-balls for money, you don’t deserve a Pakistan team berth,” said NDTV’s proud cricket expert Ajay Jadeja, who was once banned for match-fixing.

The whole Pakistan is cursing match-fixer Mazhar Majeed for having shared the details with an under-cover News of the World reporter. “Flood relief team sent to England caught!” screamed a newspaper headline, while another said, “The Diminishing Art of Match-Fixing — Caught Yet Again!” Pakistani media is of the belief that this time the fixing was done to generate money for the flood victims. “Till a month ago, all our fixing revenue went to terrorism camps and the ISI, but it’s unfortunate that they were caught only when their cause was more honest — that of flood relief,” said a news column.

In another news report, ICC President Sharad Pawar has offered bookmakers a huge amount of money if they can fix the brains of Pakistani cricketers.

The world of critics, meanwhile, is divided into two groups — 1) The people who are looking at fixing per se and not Pakistan’s part in it, and are demanding “life bans” for having done something illegal, and 2) The people who are used to Pakistan’s involvement in fixing, and want “retirements” for team members whose mind no longer allows them to escape being caught.

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