Former Pakistan fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has made a shocking revelation about the country’s cricketing culture from his playing days. Rana told that a few “big names of Pakistani cricket” had conspired against Younis Khan’s captaincy in 2009.
Speaking about a series against New Zealand in 2009 on a local television channel, Naved said, “We lost two ODI matches against New Zealand in UAE during 2009 because some of the players involved deliberately did not play well,” as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
Pakistan cricket has been under constant controversy over the years. From the attack of the Sri Lankan team in Lahore to Mohammad Asif, Amir and the then captain Salman Butt’s involvement in a match-fixing scandal in England, Pakistan has certainly been plagued with every wrong.
Recently, Umar Akmal was slapped with a three-year ban for not informing about being approached for match-fixing during the Pakistan Super League.
The conspiracy against Younis popped up because according to some players, he didn’t take advice from the senior cricketers.
Naved has played 9 Tests and 74 ODIs for Pakistan. He only picked 18 wickets in the longer format but scalped 110 dismissals in the ODIs. He last played for Pakistan in 2010.