Former all-rounder said that no one had the guts to offer him something related to fixing in his 18-year-old career
Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has demanded to quickly pass a legislation bill against the germ of 'fixing' in the country.
In an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan, the 41-year-old was shocked over so much delay of this bill and urged relevant authorities to pass this soon.
During the tenure of former PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani. PCB looked to pass the bill where individuals involved in fixing would have to pay heavy penalties and face ban. A proposal of 77 pages was formed to save the game from fixing in Pakistan but there has not been any further development in this regard.
"I read somewhere that ex-chairman Ehsan Mani was looking to pass a bill that a player can't again represent Pakistan after being involved in fixing," Hafeez said.
"I can't comprehend why it has not been passed yet. Why people are in hesitation to take this patriotic decision, it should be approved soon," he added.
Meanwhile, Hafeez recalled what PCB officials' told him after he took a stand against not playing with match-fixer. He revealed that he was quite down but decided to use his positive energy on serving Pakistan cricket with pride.
"It was shocking for me after I was told by Najam Sethi and Shahryar Khan. I can't compromise on principle stance as Pakistan's pride is my utmost priority. A true patriot would never listen to this. I decided to carry on and said to myself 'why do I have to waste my positive energy on it?" he maintained.
On the other hand, the former all-rounder said that no one had the guts to offer him something related to fixing in his 18-year-old career.
"It never happened. I think it was because of my lifestyle as I didn't allow anyone to think something like this and talk to me for this act," he added.
It must be noted that Hafeez recently retired from international cricket. He represented Pakistan in 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20Is while amassing 12,780 runs across formats. He also took 253 wickets.