It is call a spade a space moment for the former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja as he lashed out at Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal for failing to report corrupt approaches ahead of the country's premier T20 league this year. Ramiz Raja’s harsh comments came close on the heels of Umar Akmal banned for three years by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Ramiz Raja, who played 57 Tests and 198 ODIs for Pakistan, slammed Umar Akmal and called for him to be put "behind bars".
Umar Akmal's ban is effective from February 20, when he was provisionally suspended by the PCB under its anti-corruption code, which states a player must report being approached to fix games.
"So Umar Akmal officially makes it to the list of idiots! Banned for 3 years. What a waste of a talent! It's high time that Pakistan moved towards passing a legislative law against match fixing. Behind bars is where such jack asses belong! Otherwise brave for more," tweeted the former Pakistan batsman.
Pommie Mbangwa, ex-Zimbabwe cricketer, and currently a commentator like Ramiz Raja, replied to the tweet and asked the former Pak cricketer if "jail time would win the war?"
Responding to Mbangwa, Raja wrote: "Jail time could be a useful deterrent Pommie, possibly the last resort!! It's like fighting covid 19, all will have to pitch in to save the cricket world: Fans, Boards, stake holders,law enforcement agencies, You & I."