Karachi: Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz believes the national team will not be haunted by the spot-fixing scandal when they go to England for the ICC Champions Trophy in June. Wahab was part of the Pakistan squad that was hit by the spot-fixing scandal in 2010 after the fourth Test at Lords, which led to the suspension of captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, followed by bans.
Wahab was also suspected of being involved in the spot-fixing racket when his footage was released by now defunct tabloid 'News of the World' with the Pakistani bookmaker, Mazhar Majeed. But the pacer was later cleared of all wrongdoings. "I don't think what happened in the past will affect us now. It is history now and I think the team is now just focused on doing well in the Champions Trophy," he told reporters at the national stadium.
"Those were difficult times for Pakistan cricket but the players have shown after that they are committed to presenting a positive image of Pakistan cricket to the world," he added. Wahab is among a list of pace bowlers who are presently being trained by Pakistan's legendary pacer, Wasim Akram, in a 10-day specialised camp at the National stadium.
Wahab said spending time with Wasim and getting one-to-one attention from him was proving very beneficial for all the bowlers. "I am working hard on my outswinger but Wasim has great experience and he is focusing on teaching us how
09:34 PM, Apr 24, 2013