Basit Ali, the former cricketer has denied all the allegations of match-fixing made by the former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Arif Abbasi. Abbasi had recently revealed that Basit had accepted the fact of getting involved in match-fixing 25 years ago on a tour to Sri Lanka in 1994 in front of the former team manager Intikhab Alam.
The 49-year-old was the regular part of Pakistan team in the mid-’90s. In 1993, he had also scored the then second-fastest ODI ton off 67 balls against West Indies. Basit Ali played 19 Tests and 50 ODIs in which he mustered more than 2000 runs across all the formats. But he didn’t get enough chances to prove his mettle before bidding adieu to international cricket.
Basit Ali got a phone call from Intikhab Alam
Recently, Basit Ali released a video in which he denied all the claims that were being made by Arif Abbasi of him being involved in a match-fixing back in 1994. He said that he got a phone call from Intikhab Alam, the then Pakistan’s team-manager, who clearly told him that his name is just being dragged in this controversy and has nothing to do with what is going on in the media.
In the end, Basit Ali also added that if the former PCB CEO can prove him guilty in any of the courts across the world then he is ready to get hanged till death.
“I got a phone call from Intikhab Alam and he told me that he has nothing to do with what’s being associated with him in the media. However, whether it’s Arif Abbasi or someone else, if anyone can prove match-fixing against me in any court of the world, I should be hanged,” said Basit.
Earlier, Arif had also claimed that the former team manager told him that Basit Ali had admitted that he was involved in match-fixing on a tour to Sri Lanka in 1994 and pleaded him for forgiveness. On that tour, the Men in Green won the three-match Test series against Islanders by 2-0. Later on, they also grabbed the ODI series by 4-1.
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