26 January, 2021

"Azhar,Jaddu Used To Call Me"

Former Pakistan keeper Rashid Latif shares his thick dossier on match-fixing

"Azhar,Jaddu Used To Call Me"

SITTING in the backseat of a BMW as we drive down to Dailey’s bar on the Strand, former Pakistani wicketkeeper Rashid Latif flips through a dossier of evidence four inches thick that implicates some Pakistani cricket players in match fixing. He allows occasional glimpses of copies of cheques written in favour of Salim Malik by Pakistani bookies—seven bearer cheques in all, postdated a month apart and related, according to Latif, to payments for some matches in 1994.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. At the smokey pub where Latif’s agent, Saeed Younus (who represents a dozen other Pakistan Test cricketers, including Wasim Akram, Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail) is also present, Latif reveals things about subcontinent cricket that are likely to put the entire establishment under scrutiny, which it incidentally already is.

For appetisers: "Azhar bhai, Jaddu, Raju, Sidhu and some other Indian players ... mere ghar phone kiya karte the (used to telephone me at home) to find out how the pitch was. Whether it would aid batting or bowling, how...



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