Malik warns team against World Cup fixing

Published: March 28, 2011
Interior minister says Pakistan team is being monitored closely. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Interior minister says Pakistan team is being monitored closely. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has warned the country’s cricket team against match fixing and said they were under surveillance for Wednesday’s highly charged World Cup semi-final against India.

Pakistan cricket has been rocked by match fixing allegations, with three top players handed lengthy bans by an International Cricket Council anti-corruption tribunal.

“I had given a warning yesterday (Sunday) that there should be no match fixing. This time I am watching it very closely. If any such thing happens we will take action,” Malik told reporters in Karachi Monday.

The high-profile encounter between the South Asian rivals will be played in Mohali, India, amid tight security.

The clash which has overshadowed the World Cup final will be watched by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on an invitation from his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.

It will be the first game between the two teams on Indian soil since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that left 166 people dead and stalled a fragile four-year peace process between the nuclear-armed South Asian rivals.

Malik said the team was being monitored closely. “I should not have revealed but we have put them under strict surveillance, like who are the people meeting our players, with whom they are talking by telephone,” he said. “It was necessary after what had happened in London. We cannot take any chance,” he said and described the current members as clean.

“I am sure that our current team members are very clean and I hope that they will not disappoint the nation.”

Pakistan cricket has been hit by match fixing allegations which saw players Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif banned on charges related to fixing during last year’s Lord’s Test against England.

Malik advised the players to concentrate on the game. “They should continue the practice and go to bed early, rise up according to their schedule and dedicate themselves to the game for Pakistan.”

Malik welcomed reassurances from his Indian counterpart P Chidambaram on providing full security for the Pakistani players.

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Reader Comments (62)

  • Sengathir
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:51PM

    Imran Khan is right… Malik’s comments are stupid in nature…Recommend

  • Nafees Ahmad
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:52PM

    Malik should be sack for making such statements. He is just earning shame for the country.Recommend

  • J Oberoi
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:53PM

    What a thing to say before a big game !!Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 3:56PM

    yes, there should be no match fixing, winning and losing is a part of game but the nation should not be made fool to watch the dummy match. But this warning shouldn’t have been given PUBLICLYRecommend

  • Nurmomad
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:04PM

    A nation is as clean as its leaders are. The vice-versa is also true.Recommend

  • Bunny
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Ohh bhai kabhi tu achi baat ker liya kero…..itnay james bond na banoo…..karachi tum sai sambhalta nahi…..nazar rakhi hui hai…..tumhain sirf itna pata hai cricket ka…..kai ball goll hoti haiRecommend

  • Chilli
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:26PM

    Disturbing team at this stage is really bad. I don’t know why he communicated the same in public. Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 4:34PM

    I am failing to understand why Mr Malik is in the position he is. He himself has not been able to achieve any significant progress in his current role. The country is awash with theives, murderers, and terrorists. Minority is being persecuted, Karachi killing is increasing by the day and he has to come out with his silly comments. This team has achieved a lot more and under very difficult circumtrances including the pathetic leadership of Cricket control board. Instead of motivating the team to do well and praying for them this minister has come out with silly comments and publicly. If you had to say this than do it confidentially and in a positive manner.Recommend

  • Waqas2
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:46PM

    first take action against those who are involved in Karachi violanceRecommend

  • Kamal
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:49PM

    whether Rehman Mallik knows something which we do’nt know????Recommend

  • vivek ramana
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:58PM

    “Pakistan cricket has been rocked by match fixing allegations”, pakistan public has been rocked by drama-fixing release of davis.. dnt blame ur players when ur gov itself played with public by match fixing with the US n still playing..Recommend

  • Asif
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:00PM

    he has demoralised the sentiments of the whole nation and the Pak team in India.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:13PM

    What a great way to boost the team morale?????????????

    I believe government has other more serious issues to take care of. Recommend

  • Saqib Khurshid
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:15PM


    The invitation of Indian prime minister to Pakistanis President & Prime Minister to watch semi final of cricket world cup-2011 between two old rivals so called cricket diplomacy in that way to find and create opportunity of starting bilateral good relations between two nations that was broken since Mumbai attacks & Indian government & cricket board have isolate Pakistan in world cricket since that incident.

    I am frightened that the government officials on Pakistan side can’t afford to loose / miss that golden opportunity that they are awaiting for such a long time and I am in no doubt that they will definitely play with the emotions of Pakistanis by instructing the team management and team to loose that semi final from India so that the broken relations between Pakistan & Indian can be resorted and isolation of Pakistan in world cricket can be resorted on the sake of just losing 1 match and the benefits of loosing that match is far bigger that winning.

    The main benefit is the reduction of Pakistani cricket board financial debt due to its isolation in world cricket and Pakistani cricket board is pleading ICC & Indian cricket board which is now new super power in world cricket to help them out from that crises and also pleading Indian cricket board to start playing with them and our cricketers have provided them golden opportunity if they loose that match.

    So I suggest my Pakistanis fellowmen don’t saw that pre decided match.

    Saqib Khurshid
    28 March 2011Recommend

  • Saeed
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:36PM

    I cant understand what kind of people they are…just before 2 days of match he has given the opertunity to the indian media they were looking for….I can not control my anger on this..Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 5:38PM

    He doesn’t know what speak at occasion like this. He should have motivated team by speaking good words, he is terrorizing Green Shirts!Recommend

  • @ibmlove
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:44PM

    this was not the way and time to express the mentality of a minister of a country, who’s team is just two days away from an important and nerves breaking event.

    Any way, as far as our shaheen is concern, Afridi should field first, shoib should keep the bowl in the wickets. Just upto the knees of opener batsmen. Afridi can play on 3rd number if India attack with spinners.

    We should pray for our team for a wonderful victory. انشاءاللهRecommend

  • srk
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:46PM

    media shouldn’t have noticed this stupidity..Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:48PM

    Mr. Malik said “We are going to take action, thus time” Does it mean that Govt. of Pakistan allowed “Match-Fixing” before and did not punish them? Please try to learn how to do your job. I am very disappointed.Recommend

  • Burrr
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:53PM

    Extremely Stupid comments…Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:56PM

    Better to fix a match than to lose it. At least they can make some money that will help the nation fix the financial problems. What does a country gain by winning? Nothing. Match-fixers are actually patriots who are trying to boost Pakistan’s economy. They should be saluted.Recommend

  • Kamal
    Mar 28, 2011 - 6:13PM

    @Asraf..Pakistan needs people like you…Gr8 comment.Recommend

  • Images
    Mar 28, 2011 - 6:37PM

    Do something to stop Target Killing in Karachi first
    Cricket is not ur field
    Prove ur capability in ministry then abt cricket Pakistan is suffering just bcoz of People like U if our cricket doing well why u want to led down those guys U can Play with Khi not our TeamRecommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 6:42PM

    All of you will be glad to know the person arrested in Maldives for planning Attacks during world cup has been released by Maldives Govt. as there was no truth in conspiracy theories provided by Rehman Malik.Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 6:45PM

    Who will monitor the monitors?Recommend

  • Sanjay
    Mar 28, 2011 - 7:13PM

    I am an Indian Fan but I was amused by Mr. Malik’s statement and I think he is a innocent person(Sada Admi) so please do not take it seriously.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Mar 28, 2011 - 7:27PM

    If Malik is watching the team, who is watching him ?Recommend

  • junaid
    Mar 28, 2011 - 7:31PM

    the words i am murmuring after going through this, if I’ll write them down this comment shall eventuali get a high profile spam status!a needless poor and over efficient remarks by someone who i don’t know is trying to prove what!Recommend

  • Afzal+Ali
    Mar 28, 2011 - 7:41PM

    What is the Interior Minister talking.

    Does he think about the implication of his statement.?Recommend

  • Meerza
    Mar 28, 2011 - 8:09PM

    was rooting for our team very enthusiastically till yesterday. I feel like we have already lost the match today. Wish our team had not heard this nonsense from one of their “leaders”. What an unfortunate nation we are. Even if we have dreams for ourselves, they make sure they crush it.Recommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 8:24PM

    For the record, he has all the wrong quotes for the right conditions. When the entire nation is backing Pakistan and all players playing presently are clear from all match fixing scandals why our minister has to say such a stupid thing. It is good Afridi has shown his anger at such comments. Recommend

  • Fahd K
    Mar 28, 2011 - 8:37PM

    How could you say something like this…..I hope our team doesn’t pay attention to these insensitive comments Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 28, 2011 - 8:53PM

    So how does ICC and rest of the cricket world react? When their own minister makes such statements, it also shows that they do not trust their own people!!! Then how do others even consider trusting them!!!! They are watching and monitoring the team’s meetings and actions !!!! Wow !! its like old days, when Soviet Block countries use to visit Europe for games!!!!!!
    Did the Minister not consider the implications of such statement, while he is in India, that it May be viewed as there is something still rotten in Pakistan Cricket!!!!!Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 28, 2011 - 8:59PM

    It’s one thing to have a private conversation reminding your team how important the match is – it’s another thing to have a press conference reminding the World that corruption in Pakistan extends to your sports teams. How about electing some of these guys out of office – that’s what your suppose to do in a Democracy.Recommend

  • MK
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:03PM

    What a PITY! I think they dont have even common sense which is uncommon in politicians.Recommend

  • KAmal
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:14PM

    i cant do nothing other than giving warnings!Recommend

  • CB Guy
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:25PM

    I didn’t hear Chadam Barhum telling Indians to keep bookies out of their dressing room. So why is Malik acting like this, we are atleast not conversing with bookies in the dressing room during matches. Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:35PM

    Too late Mr. Malik. The match has already been fixed.Recommend

  • Ayub Niaz
    Mar 28, 2011 - 9:37PM

    What a shame, Mr Malik should do his job of have bookies and such others under strict surveillance instead of the our boys.Recommend

  • M Khan
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:41PM

    Look who is talking…..

    Its a clear insult, the team should ask for an apology from him and refuse to play. Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:55PM

    I think he said this while he was in conversation with Mr D who it seems might have put some money on Pakistan this time!Recommend

  • MAD
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:58PM

    I suppose some people just like to make the headlines and this was the easiest way to get on every Indian newspaper cover and news channel.Recommend

  • RH
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:24PM

    This is what happens when you put idiotic people in government. People who have been able to do nothing good for the country. I would smack him in the face if I were part of the cricket team. I have to say, I was waiting for something stupid, extremely stupid, to come out of our miserable politicians. This goof should have stuck to what his dad did, cut hair, it doesn’t involve talking to the press!Recommend

  • Analyzer
    Mar 29, 2011 - 1:19AM

    Once again Mr. Malik opens his mouth to switch feet. Recommend

  • Noor
    Mar 29, 2011 - 1:35AM

    I HATE to curse any one for wrong deed.. but i want Mr malik to be punished for this statement. Mr malik kindly make an analysis of urselve. dont earn cheep popularity by throwing random statements.Recommend

  • karachiite
    Mar 29, 2011 - 1:55AM

    as if Pakistani team does not carry enough burden at the moment he just had to jump in and make their lives more difficultRecommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Mar 29, 2011 - 2:07AM

    Would it matter if we lose? NO. We had a below-average team which worked hard. The journey above the quarter-finals is just added benefit.Recommend

  • criclover
    Mar 29, 2011 - 2:53AM

    mr. malik acts like a child..Recommend

  • Singh
    Mar 29, 2011 - 4:04AM

    Saqib Khurshid
    Do you have any proof to prove it or face saving exercise.Recommend

  • yik
    Mar 29, 2011 - 5:25AM

    What else do we expect from Mr Malik…………………. I feel sorry for our great country which is blessed with such pathetic leaders!!!Recommend

  • Rohit
    Mar 29, 2011 - 6:06AM

    Without trying to come across as a one eyed Indian supporter, I believe we have a stronger team than Pakistan.

    To beat India, Pakistan must play at, or above 90% of their potential. I expect India to prevail as long as they play no worse than 75% of their potential.

    In other words, if both team play their best cricket, India should win.Recommend

  • prashanth
    Mar 29, 2011 - 7:23AM

    Look up>
    Pakistani cricketers warn Rehman Malik not to screw up with their country.

  • Razi
    Mar 29, 2011 - 7:45AM

    Classic case of ‘Open Mouth-Put Foot In’ syndrome. No wonder the country is in its present state. Even the comedic character of ‘Jedi’ (Athar Shah Khan) could make comments that made more sense.Recommend

  • KR
    Mar 29, 2011 - 8:09AM

    This is a serious warring for Rehman Malik, for the sake of Pakistan please quit acting like a idiot and making a fool of yourself in front of media. Recommend

  • Qamar
    Mar 29, 2011 - 9:47AM

    I was such stupid comments from Mr. Malik. i guess he is on the payroll of the bookies as this team is so deterministic under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi(who has shown his character and honesty) that bookies unable to influence any member of it.
    therefore, they through Mr.Malik tried to laid down team’s morale to achieve desired resultsRecommend

  • Omar
    Mar 29, 2011 - 10:05AM

    Apparently bigger issues such as controlling the violence in Karachi, destroying terrorism and returning a sense of law and order is not as important as “monitoring the national cricket team”

    In no other country of the world, could a man like Malik hold a position as Minister of Interior. He is symbolic of all that is wrong with the country. Recommend

    Mar 29, 2011 - 11:37AM

    I am surprised by the comments given from majority of people over the warning from Rehman Malik to the cricketers against match fixing. Their comments suggest that it was not an appropriate time on the part of Rehman Malik to warn the cricketers when the Semi-final is so near and that the warning may affect the performance of the players as a result of the pressure due to the surveillance on the part of the government agencies. I however see this whole issue in different perspective. I feel that if this sort of surveillance had been made earlier we might not have faced the ugly scenes of “no balls” and “drop catches” on the part of our cricketers. We have already been humiliated on the issue of match fixing by Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt and certainly can’t tolerate further incidents of these obnoxious nature anymore. I endorse the theory which says “don’t care who is saying but care what he is saying.” Rehman Malik may not be the ideal person in the eyes of most Pakistanis to warn the cricketers as his own credibility on national issues is open to discussion but whatever he is saying depicts the general perception of the common citizens of the nation.Recommend

  • Aasia Sohail Mian
    Mar 29, 2011 - 12:02PM

    Rehman Malik has always done shameful acts and given false and irrelevant statements. Instead of, keeping an eye on the Pakistan Cricket Team he should see and perform the jobs assigned to him as interior minister, which he is unable to do. He should not act like agent 007.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Mar 29, 2011 - 12:07PM

    Dear Pakistanis, don’t get emotional about this. Match-fixing is part of the proud cricketing tradition in Pakistan. All the greats have been charged with it at some time or another.
    How could Shoaib Malik afford to buy a penthouse in Dubai with his earnings? That property cost nearly 2 million dollars.
    If you want the nation to become rich, match fixers should be allowed to do their job. Because of Shoaib Malik’s penthouse, the image of Pakistan has improved abroad. He can now afford to keep his Indian wife in luxury in Dubai. Give the others the same chance.Recommend

  • zulfiqar
    Mar 29, 2011 - 12:58PM

    Statement from Mr. Malik express itself that he is not right person to work as MinisterRecommend

  • Mirza
    Mar 30, 2011 - 7:41AM

    PPP and Malik should be ashamed of themselves of talking about match fixing. This is only a smear campaign against our cricketers who have not even heard this before. This team of Islamic Republic of Pakistan is Muslim and they have not committed any act against Islam.

    Never dug up the wicket, chewed up the ball, caught red-handed taking money and wearing money jacket. Wearing T-shirt during Qatar hearing demanding legalization of marijuana, etc.

    These guys have been caught red-handed by the International anti crime organization and they are rightfully under the radar. How dare the chief law enforcement officer of Pakistan caution them about their clean cut behavior? Malik and PPP especially Zardari should be ashamed of themselves and apologize these pious and angle-like cricketers of fabricating the allegations that their virgin ears have not even heard before.

    Not only Imran Khan and his new found love MQM should come to these angle’s rescue but all right wing parties must join them. I would urge the SC, CJ for keeping his traditions, pounce on this opportunity to take suo moto action against these PPP bloody politicians to caution the cricketers to keep it clean! Time to move CJ.

    Now this situation is a win-win for Pakistani team. If they win, they do that because they are good. If they don’t win, it would be due to PPP, Malik, Zardari and PM. Just like when Pakistan army under a martial law dictator surrendered against India, they did it because Bhutto told them to do so. Even though at that time military has total powers and all the posts.

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • bs
    Mar 30, 2011 - 11:26AM

    To those people criticizing Rehman Malik, have you pondered he made this comment because he might have some credible information regarding this?Recommend

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