Moments after legendary Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar tweeted on the latest scandal that rocked the cricketing world, he was trolled by scores of Indian cricket fans. Shoaib Akhtar’s tweet of being “shocked and speechless” at the latest scandal and his advice that it be dealt with an “iron fist” drew several responses from Indian cricket fans across the country asking him to “keep calm.”
While many Pakistani fans decided to support him in this regard, the Indians decided to give him a few tips to calm down. Some fans asked him to keep calm and assured him that action has already been taken against the pitch curator. Others reminded him of Pakistani players who’d indulged in fixing of all sorts themselves. Some went so far as to claim that when it comes to fixing, Pakistani players have a “Ph.D.” on the subject.
There were those that asked Shoaib Akhtar to concentrate on improving cricket in his own country, and then there were those who blatantly gave out names of Pakistani players who have not so far in the past indulged in fixing as well.
Some even went as far as to claim that the ‘sting’ by the TV Channel that allegedly ‘exposed’ the pitch-fixing scandal was a ‘staged one.’ They then went on to add that the BCCI still decided to fire him. They said that this is how fixing must be dealt with and asked Akhtar to follow the example.
The pitch-fixing scandal came to light when a news channel conducted a sting operation and released the video. In the video, pitch curator Pandurang Salgaoncar is seen promising a favorable track to bowlers of a particular team to a team of reporters posing as bookies.
In the video, Salgaoncar shows the men around the Pune stadium surface on the eve of the second ODI between India and New Zealand, flouting strict rules of the ICCI regarding accessing the pitch prior to a match.
Salgaoncar, 68, used to be a fast bowler once upon a time from Maharashtra state during the 1970’s. He then later took up the role of pitch curator with the state association. He holds a record of playing about 63 first class games.
This is not the first time that Salgaoncar has been in the dock regarding pitch-related issues. Earlier in the year, he was pulled up after the ICC match referee rated Pune’s pitch as incredibly poor after the first Test match between India and Australia had ended. Australia defeated India by a margin of 333 runs in this match which had ended on the third day itself.
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