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'Insecurity' forces Pak players to earn quick bucks
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to send a vigilance officer with their national team to England where they are due to participate in Champions trophy in June. This has come in the wake of the involvement of Pakistan players in spot fixing scandal of 2010 in which three of its talented players - Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamir and Salman Butt were found guilty.

The inclusion of officer, which has been called as “nanny” by various sections of the media, is to prevent the team from any such embarrassment.

When asked whether this step will stop such scandals, Anshuman Gaekwad, a former Indian coach, replied in the negative. “A vigilance official is fine, but this is not the solution. They must take strict action against players involved in match fixing. They should be banned for life, not just five, seven and ten years. If a player is banned for life, then a sort of fear is created amongst the younger players,” Gaekwad said.

But, one is also not sure if such officer would be able to put a stop on such kind of cases, if the players are inclined to do so. Gaekwad said, “This (Vigilance official) is not an external force, which can stop it, if the players want to do it (involve in match fixing).”

The PCB has clearly stated that the work of the officer would be to monitor the presence of unwanted men around the players in England, but the officer will not be undercover.

There are reports, which suggest that there would be only one official to look after the players, but the question is: will it be enough? Even if it is more than one, it is almost an impossible job for the officer to keep track of these players round the clock. The players also have their personal lives and any one disturbing their personal lives does not sound fair.

One often wonders as to why is it more or less always the Pakistan players who are at the centre of match-fixing scandals. Is it that these players earn very less that they are tempted by black money?

Gaekwad said, “I don't think the players consciously want to do it, but it is the situation, which leads to.” When asked how did it affect the Pak players who, in spite of their good performances, are dropped from the team, Gaekwad said: “There is a sense of insecurity amongst the team players. It might urge them to make quick money, as their future lies uncertain.”

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