The mentor and coach of teenage cricket prodigy Mohammad Aamer, Asif Bajwa rejected allegations that the youngster is involved in corruption after he was named in an undercover match-fixing investigation.
Asif Bajwa told The Associated Press that Aamer, who has been likened to Wasim Akram, ‘is not that kind of chap.’ Mohammad Aamer was named Man of the Series and collected a £4000 cheque from the sponsors.
The 18-year-old Aamer claimed a test best 6-84 in the fourth test against England on Saturday. Hours later a British newspaper alleged he and fellow opening bowler Mohammad Asif deliberately bowled no-balls in a spot-fixing scam.
Asif Bajwa first met the left-arm fast bowler when he enrolled at Bajwa's cricket and school academy in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Sports minister promises life bans
Sports Minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani promised life bans for any Pakistani cricketers found guilty of match-fixing. He said he is waiting for the Pakistan Cricket Board's report on the match-fixing allegations, so he can take action accordingly.
The cricket board was ordered to prepare the report by President Asif Ali Zardari.
Zardari's spokesperson, Farhatullah Babar, said the President wanted to be kept informed of developments of any inquiry that may be ordered or held in London. He said PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt has been directed to immediately submit a preliminary report about the incident.
‘Current scandal could have been avoided’
The current match-fixing allegations against the Pakistani players in England could have been averted had the recommendations made by the Qayyum Commission been fully implemented.
Malik Mohammad Qayyum told AFP while many of his recommendations were upheld, two players were banned and several were fined.
Qayyum claimed the Pakistan Cricket Board was not 'strong enough' to implement other recommendations. He said some of the players are still involved in the team's coaching, despite his recommendation against them.
Moreover, Qayyum said he recommended that players' assets must be examined annually, though this too remained unimplemented.
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