At last Muhammad Asif, Salman Butt and Amir were sentenced and imprisoned in the UK. Doubtless they committed crime and threw no balls but has anybody considered that various other Pakistani cricketers had already involved in match-fixing in the past? Several former cricketers had been involved in match-fixing in the past but no action has been taken against them despite the fact that their crimes were bigger than the three cricketers
Why they were not punished like the three cricketers? I believe not only Pakistani cricketers but players from other teams were also involved in match-fixing. And these players are freely living their lives in their countries.
It is very amusing that Pakistani politicians and even the ex-captain of Pakistan cricket team Imran Khan did not cooperate with the three cricketers whereas they all castigated the players, saying that “as you saw, so shall you reap”. It is definitely true that they had to face the charges imposed against them but it is elusive that the players were sent to other country for the prosecution. It is also amusing when the players were sentenced, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik went to the UK so that the players were brought to Pakistan for prosecution. Why not the government decided this before they sent the players to UK? Doesn’t the government has ability to take its decision at the right time?
Raymond Davis case is in front of us. Although he was a terrorist, the US government successfully took him to America saying that Davis would be prosecuted under US law. Did the US government sentence him? When other countries can prefer their own laws, so why can’t Pakistan? Where are we heading towards?