Jingoism is the bread and butter of just about each movie star and politician in Pakistan and few of them waste time in latching on to any bandwagon to show that their love for the nation is bigger than others. It’s hardly shocking then that the gamers caught within the spot-fixing storm are veering in the direction of the identical. The gamers, in case others overlook, are harmless till they’re confirmed responsible.
A couple of of them aren’t even suspected of being concerned in spot-fixing, simply of not reporting being contacted by a bookie. The reason provided by at the least one of many cricketers is worthy of empathy: he was weak as a result of his thoughts was preoccupied by grief, having lately suffered the lack of his mom.
But he, together with the opposite suspected gamers, has been bracketed within the legion of the best dwelling pariahs. Legendary batsman Javed Miandad has referred to as for them to be hanged; not metaphorically, however fairly actually. As heinous because the crime of fixing is, it definitely doesn’t deserve capital punishment.
The gamers have now been positioned on the Exit Management Record by the Federal Investigation Company. This has raised eyebrows from a number of quarters, with individuals questioning why corrupt businessmen and politicians, together with harmful terrorists, roam free whereas these gamers are being handled with a lot contempt.
The federal government is justified in investigating the case; spot-fixing is fraud and a legal investigation subsequently shouldn’t be unprecedented. The now notorious ‘tainted trio’ of the 2010 spot-fixing fiasco have been additionally given jail sentences within the UK, whereas former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns confronted a trial within the Southwark Crown Courtroom from which he was ultimately acquitted.
The witch hunt surrounding that is even comprehensible to a sure extent; in any case, most of the people is sick and uninterested in this ugly monster rearing its head many times in Pakistan. Nevertheless, earlier than we rush to convict and punish them allow us to be assured of their guilt. That’s what the regulation calls for.
Revealed in The Categorical Tribune, March 23rd, 2017.
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