Trio doesn’t deserve a second chance: Rameez Raja

ISLAMABAD: Former cricketer Rameez Raja has said that the trio Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamir and Salman Butt don’t deserve a second chance to play for Pakistan as that had brought a bad name to the country.

Raja advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to rule out any chances of the trio returning to the national team.

“The PCB can give them permission to play some domestic cricket and perhaps even assist them financially but they must not be allowed to represent Pakistan again,” quoted Raja as saying.

Raja said the trio by indulging in spot fixing in England on the 2010 tour had brought a bad name to Pakistan cricket and tarnished its image and their offense was unforgivable.

Raja said even the reintegration and rehabilitation plan would not make the trio corruption free cricketers. “They did something which badly hurt Pakistan cricket and its integrity and image and it has taken many years to once again restore our image internationally,” he said adding the trio doesn’t deserve a second chance to play for Pakistan.

Raja also felt that the current Pakistan team had become an unified outfit, which could survive and continue to do well without the three tainted players. “Even if these three don’t play I don’t think it will make any difference to our team, which is now doing well,” Raja said.