Shoaib Akhtar opines less money lures cricketers into fixing

Shoaib Akhtar said in 2008, he had no money to even buy a car © Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff


Islamabad: Oct 6, 2012


Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar opines that low payments by cricket boards is the reason players are tempted into match-fixing.


Akhtar said, “Fixing happens in our culture because there’s less money, there are even lesser opportunities. Cricketers victimised by their boards return (to the team) to mint money.”


“In 2008, I had no money to even buy a car. I had to borrow money from a friend. I handled it, others go astray,” he said.


The former pacer told a new channel, “Your friends ditch you, (the cricket) board doesn’t back you. They all run you down. So when you return you think “let me teach them a lesson”.


“Some are corrupt, but some cricketers are turned into criminals by the system. We (in Pakistan) don’t have much money in cricket. I wasn’t playing for India you know. I was an elite star, still after playing for 14 years I only made seven-eight crore rupees ($1.35-1.54 million),” The News quoted Akhtar as saying.