What If A Pakistan Fixing XI Is Made? The Real Contenders For The Team

Generally, the Pakistan cricket team is well known for two major reasons: Bowling and Fixing.  Certain players comprise the squad of the Pakistan Fixing XI, who were either suspended or banned by the ICC from at least one of the cricket formats.

Earlier, Pakistan was one of the reputed cricketing nations consisting of many legendary cricketers like Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Shoaib Akhtar, and Abdul Qadir.

Later players like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shahid Afridi emerged into the sport.

During the early 1980s and 1990s, Pakistan outperformed the Indian national cricket team in all formats of cricket.

Even at the beginning of the 21st century, the country produced many young talents who later went on to achieve many sensational records.

However, few players involved themselves in spot-fixing and completely tampered with the reputation of the Pakistan Cricket Team.

Because of such players, the efforts of various Pakistani legends like Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam ul Haq, Shoaib Akhtar, Saqlain Mushtaq, and several others went in vain.

Who are the top players of the Pakistan Fixing XI?

Many Pakistani players earlier involved themselves in spot-fixing without having a proper dedication towards the sport.

Particularly, the higher officials caught most of these cricketers guilty of the spot-fixing in the PSL 2017. In such cases, a separate team can be created with the name of Pakistan Fixing XI with these senior and young cricketers:

1. Danish Kaneria:

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB banned Pakistan’s leg spinner Danish Kaneria from all forms of cricket in 2012. He became the prime player of Pakistan fixing XI after facing severe charges.

In 2009, Danish attempted himself in spot-fixing during the pro league matches of the English County Championship.

Also, he served a short-term imprisonment along with his teammate at Essex for breaching the anti-corruption code.

2. Khalid Latif:

On 20th September 2017, the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) banned Khalid Latif from all forms of cricket for five years. The 38-year-old former cricketer is the 2nd youngest player of the Pakistan fixing XI.

He played a crucial role by having a major involvement in the spot-fixing of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2017.

3. Mohammad Asif:

Many cricket enthusiasts drew an interesting comparison of Mohammad Asif with the performance of Australian legendary bowler Glenn McGrath during his tenure.

However, ICC posed a 5-year ban on this medium-pacer of the Pakistan Fixing XI. Also, the Scotland Yard sentenced him guilty for his plot of accepting corrupt payments and cheating at gambling.

4. Nasir Jamshed:

In August 2018, PCB banned Nasir Jamshed for 10 years after involving himself in the spot-fixing of PSL 2017. Additionally, in December 2019, a  court hearing in Manchester declared Nasir guilty. He encouraged other players in the fixing process by not scoring runs voluntarily in a cricket match. 

Among other cricketers in the squad, the 34-year-old batsman is the 2nd youngest player in the Pakistan Fixing XI.

He is currently serving his ban period for motivating players to engage in spot-fixing during the match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 2017.

5. Mohammad Nawaz:

On 8th May 2017, the PCB called Mohammad Nawaz for a detailed investigation related to spot fixing.

Additionally, the all-rounder accepted a fine amount of PKR 2 lakhs and served a 2-month suspension. The board issued the charges on Nawaz after he failed to inform the PCB’s security department on time about receiving invitations from bookies to participate in spot-fixing.

Also, the 29-year-old cricketer is the youngest player in the Pakistan Fixing XI. He recently made his appearance in the ICC World Cup 2023.

6. Saleem Malik:

The higher authorities imposed a life ban on the former Pakistan batsman Saleem Malik after finding him guilty in the spot-fixing scandal in 2000.

In April 2020, Saleem apologized to the nation by promising that he was ready to reveal all the secrets linked to the match fixings.

He is one of the senior cricketers in the Pakistan Fixing XI squad. Moreover, he swore to extend his cooperation to the ICC and PCB.

7. Mohammed Irfan:

The tallest bowler of the Pakistan cricket team, Mohammed Irfan 7.1 ft in height, threatened the best in-form batsman with his extra bounce.

In 2017, PCB suspended Irfan for one year after he failed to report for spot-fixing in the PSL 2017. Additionally, he breached the anti-corruption codes and ended up paying a fine of 1 million PKR. 

He is one of the Pakistan Fixing XI players who paid the costliest fines.

8. Sharjeel Khan:

In January 2019, Sharjeel Khan– a Pakistani left-handed batsman, accepted the charges accused against him. He showed a huge interest in spot-fixing the PSL 2017 first match, which resulted in him serving a 5-year life ban.

Sharjeel is another player of the Pakistan-fixing XI squad who actively involved himself in the spot-fixing of the Pakistan Super League.

9. Shahzaib Hasan:

Shahzaib Hasan’s career as a right-handed batsman in international cricket concluded in the year 2010.

Hasan is yet another player of the Pakistan-fixing XI squad who was caught in the spot-fixing scam of the PSL 2nd edition.

In 2018, the PCB charged a four-year ban along with a fine of 1 million PKR. The anti-corruption department of the PCB  found Shahzaib guilty of not revealing the fixing offer received by the anti-corruption department of the PCB.

10. Mohammad Amir:

Following the orders of his captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir bowled a couple of no-balls in a test match against England.

Unlike Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, the PCB forgave Amir’s crime. He made his comeback into international cricket in 2016. However, he retired from international cricket in 2021.

Specifically, Mohammed Amir is considered the King of the Pakistan Fixing XI squad, who unexpectedly became a disgrace to the Pakistan national cricket team.

11. Salman Butt:

Last but the latest trending controversy of Salman Butt being appointed and removed from the PCB instantly, forms the crux of Pakistan fixing XI.

During Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010, Butt insisted his bowlers deliver a maximum number of no-balls in a test match by overstepping the crease.

Also, he deliberately dropped a few catches after involving himself in fixing.

He took a huge sum of money from Mazhar Majeed. As a result, ICC banned Butt and he served jail after the London courts convicted him as guilty.

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