Cricket

PSL 2020: Imad Wasim says he raised issue of ball-tampering with referee Roshan Mahanama during pre-tournament meeting

  • Press Trust of India
  • February 20th, 2020
  • 17:38:00 IST

Karachi: Pakistan's top all-rounder Imad Wasim on Thursday said he had raised the issue of ball tampering in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) during a pre-tournament meeting with match referee Roshan Mahanama.

Speculations were rife that Imad had taken names of Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan and Ravi Bopara when the discussion on ball tampering took place at the meeting in which all team officials and captains were present.

File picture of Imad Wasim. AP

File image of Imad Wasim. AP

Apparently Mahanama was making it clear to the team officials and captains about how seriously the offences of spot-fixing and ball tampering were taken at any level of cricket.

Wasim remarked at the meeting that it would be difficult to stop ball tampering incidents in the PSL. To which the Quetta Gladiators head coach, Moin Khan told Imad if you are making such accusations name those players who do ball tampering.

"I even suggested at the meeting that if any team or players are caught doing this, their captain should be banned for the offence," Wasim said.

Wasim's comments come on a day when Umar Akmal's was suspended by the PCB pending an anti-corruption inquiry amid claims that he failed to report a spot-fixing approach.

Asked about the comeback of tainted batsman, Sharjeel Khan in the Karachi Kings franchise in the PSL after serving a two-and-a-half year ban for spot-fixing, Wasim said people do make mistakes in life.

"I feel for those who make such blunders. Cricket is our bread and butter and we can't earn doing anything else. I can only feel for them because I know the sort of mental, physical and emotional pressure an affected family goes through in such circumstances because one individual made a mistake."

The Pakistan allrounder said that it was not easy for Sharjeel to make a comeback to big cricket after the ban.

"You can sense he is feeling the pressure and is constantly under the glare. But we are supporting him and we are confident he will come through. He has shown courage and is bravely facing the situation," he said.

Updated Date: February 20, 2020 17:38:00 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

PCB mulling increasing pay of Pakistan Test cricketers to prevent players from losing interest in format
First Cricket News

PCB mulling increasing pay of Pakistan Test cricketers to prevent players from losing interest in format

Pakistan chief selector Mohammad Wasim said that number of options are under consideration to to stop the trend of players shying away from Test cricket.

'Did the right thing': Anil Kumble backs former Uttarakhand coach Wasim Jaffer over 'communal bias' row
First Cricket News

'Did the right thing': Anil Kumble backs former Uttarakhand coach Wasim Jaffer over 'communal bias' row

Jaffer resigned on Tuesday citing "interference and bias of selectors and the association's secretary for non-deserving players" as the reason.

IPL 2021: Steve Smith 'really excited' about joining Delhi Capitals, hoping to guide team to maiden trophy
First Cricket News

IPL 2021: Steve Smith 'really excited' about joining Delhi Capitals, hoping to guide team to maiden trophy

The 31-year-old, who was released by Rajasthan Royals, was acquired by Delhi Capitals for Rs 2.2 crore at the IPL auctions last week.