Outgoing Pak cricket team manager hopes team never suffers 'match fixing spectre' again

Karachi, Aug 8 (ANI): Former Pakistani team manager Naveed Akram Cheema has said that he hopes that the spectre of match fixing will never return to his team again.

According to the Express Tribune, Pakistan cricket was in tatters when Cheema came to manage the national team in the aftermath of the 2010 spot-fixing controversy, adding that since then, the controversial team has avoided a repeat of the debacle.

However, the report said that the bureaucrat Cheema has parted ways with the team after a shuffle in his government job and former captain Moin Khan will take his place for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.

Stating that things had changed drastically since 2010, the outgoing manager said that with his experience as a manager, he is hopeful that all the players are poised to fight the spectre of match-fixing and keep the sport away from it, adding that the players have learnt a lesson from the menace and are well aware of the dangers now.

Dismissing a report claiming foul play during the recent one-day international series between Pakistan and West Indies, Cheema also said that he is honoured to have held this position with a team of 'highly qualified professionals cherished by millions of fans'.

According to Cheema, he never compromised on discipline and is delighted that there were no controversies during his term.

Meanwhile, Moin Khan said that he will try his best to take the responsibility of the role in a befitting manner given that he is known to most of the players, although he added that there would be no compromise on discipline and would make its implementation his top priority. (ANI)


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