Arsal Puri is an enthusiastic American based Pakistani Cricket follower. Here is a piece he has written for BBK.
Once again, everyone's favorite chairman has come out in an unsurprising statement and has lashed out against the BCCI and NZC.
“ I have been in talks with some bookies and I have solid evidence that both the Indian and New Zealand team are apart of Match and Spot fixing.”
When asked on why he is accusing the two teams, Butt had this to say in response, “ It seems that I am not making the headlines for awhile and have decided to create a new scandal that will rock the Cricketing world, obviously though I will deny these comments and say that I did not say anything like this”
The press unsurprised at his unusual statements (or usual for Butt himself) continued to interrogate Butt on what exactly he is accusing the two teams of. “ Our players Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were suspended for bowling a couple of No-balls in which they did not take wickets off of, but Indian supposedly 'quick' bowler Ishant Sharma bowled a total of 15 no-balls and on 2 of them, had the wicket of Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke in the first test against Australia earlier this month.” “I double and even tripled check with my bookies and they have given me concrete evidence that Ishant Sharma took an handsome amount of money to bowl those no-balls.”
Butt continued babbling and his statement eventually turned towards the New Zealand cricket team. “New Zealand lost 4-0 against Bangladesh, surely that in itself is match-fixing!, earlier this year New Zealand were number two in the ODI rankings and had also defeated Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy and in the series in the U.A.E. 2-1.” Butt continued saying, “My personal and long-time friend who also happens to be a bookie told me that Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum were paid $100,000 US dollars to lose to Bangladesh”.
One reporter asked Butt why he did not report this incident to the ICC yet and Butt responded saying, “ Why go to the ICC, when I call you guys who will write so many wonderful things about me! The ICC would love to take all the credit for this, like when they found out about our match-fixing scandals which I will tell you shortly the truth about in a later press conference”.
“Also I would like to mention once again that I am going to completely deny all of this, but will anyways be pressured into writing an apology to the ICC,NZC, and BCCI and will explain that it is my age that causes me to do such things and my power as the chairman of the PCB, I am still a “youngster”, and hope that with time this random accusations will stop and I will come to terms with myself...Inshallah”
7 years ago