BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry pulls Shahid Afridi up for not reporting 2010 spot-fixing matter to ICC ACU
Anirudh Chaudhry has questioned Afridi’s motives behind not revealing this important information.
Updated - May 5, 2019 6:27 pm
Shahid Afridi in his autobiography ‘Game Changer’ made a startling revelation that he knew of his teammates’ wrongdoings before the 2010 spot-fixing scandal and that he even took the issue to higher-ups in the Pakistani team management, but no action was taken. Afridi mentioned that he knew his teammates Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, and Mohammad Asif were upto something before the scandal broke out.
Now the BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has questioned Afridi’s motives behind not revealing this important information to ICC’s Anti-Corruption unit as per ICC rules. Afridi, in his book, has said that he said players and some more were getting too close to the player agent Mazhar Majeed and that something was brewing and when no action was taken on his complaints, frustratingly, he quit from Test captaincy and the format itself, just one match after his return.
Chaudhry terms Afridi not notifying ICC-ACU of his knowledge, a failure under Code of Conduct
Anirudh Chaudhry took to Twitter to write, Actually, once he became aware, he ought to have immediately reported it to the Anti Corruption Unit of the @ICC. How the ACU dealt with the information of him not having reported this would be interesting because it was a failure of his obligation Inder the code.”
Actually, once he became aware, he ought to have immediately reported it to the Anti Corruption Unit of the @ICC . How the ACU dealt with the information of him not having reported this would be interesting because it was a failure of his obligation Inder the code. https://t.co/BDUoHuV505
— Anirudh Chaudhry (@AnirudhChaudhry) May 4, 2019
“Participants must report all approaches, or information regarding corrupt conduct, or invitation to engage in corrupt conduct, to the appropriate ACU, without unnecessary delay,” is what the rules of ICC states, as quoted by India.com. Afridi mentioned in his book, he became aware of something when he saw some suspicious messages between players and the agent Majeed.
“I got hold of the original evidence in the racket — phone messages that would eventually come into play against players involved in the spot-fixing controversy. When I took that evidence to the team management, what happened next didn’t inspire much confidence in those tasked with managing and running the affairs of Pakistan’s national cricket team,” Afridi is quoted in his book.
Afridi reveals that the messages came to light after Majeed’s son had dropped his father’s phone for repairs and the shop owner came across those smses when being asked to retrieve the messages. Afridi further says, that his friends and some other people made him aware of the messages. He then showed the messages to then coach Waqar Younis, who didn’t escalate the matter and both he and Waqar thought that this would go away and didn’t look bad. However, sometime later, the whole world came to know of the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, with agent Majeed being the centre point.