Ex-Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant General (retired) Tauqir Zia said that highlighting 20-year old match-fixing was saddening.

“The Justice Qayyum report was sent to the government before I took charge as the PCB chief,” Zia said in a conference via video link.

Zia further said that the PCB was allowed to give jobs to all of the accused in the inquiry except Wasim Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed. “A fine of Rs0.1 million was slapped on Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar and Akram Raza. There was nothing else mentioned apart from that.”

Meanwhile, he also revealed that had it not been for the help extended by the late ICC chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, fast bowler Shoiab Akhtar’s career would have ended in 2000-01.

“Jagmohan, who had been president of the ICC, supported us a lot in the Shoaib Akhtar’d bowling action case. He took a stand for us despite the ICC members insisting that Akhtar’s bowling action was illegal,” Zia said.

Zia further said “But due to the stance taken by Dalmiya and myself the ICC eventually conceded that Akhtar had a medical flaw in his bowling arm since birth which gave him hyper elbow extension and he was allowed to play on.”

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