5 cricketers who could have achieved a lot more if not for fixing controversies in recent years
Corruption is one of the major problems in cricket. Many promising players have had to lose their careers after becoming involved in match-fixing. In this article, we take a look at five cricketers who could have achieved a lot more if not for fixing controversies in recent years.
With the advent of T20 leagues in recent years, the players are exposed more to members of the betting industry. This is a big issue and ICC has often taken the steps to control it. However, a few players have not been able to make a strong comeback after once tainting their name.
1) Mohammed Amir (Pakistan)
Mohammed Amir, as a teenager itself, was a vital component in the Pakistan squad across all the formats. However, after he got himself involved in the fixing scandal in England, he found it hard to return to his best. The player did make a comeback and enjoyed a few years. However, he was later dropped on poor performances. If not for the fixing controversy, he would have been one of the all-time greats of his country. Hence, he is a part of this list of cricketers who could have achieved a lot more if not for fixing controversies in recent years.
2) Sharjeel Khan (Pakistan)
The highest run-getter for Pakistan in 2016 WT20, Sharjeel was a terrific opening batter. He even got the first century in the history of PSL. However, in the same tournament, he got caught for fixing. He was banned and later found it hard to get back the form that he had a few years ago.
3) Mohammed Ashraful (Bangladesh)
Bangladesh batter Mohammed Ashraful is one of the cricketers who could have achieved a lot more if not for fixing controversies in recent years. One of the best batters that the nation has seen, for his involvement in the match-fixing fiasco of Bangladesh Premier League season 2, Ashraful was banned. He was an exceptional cricketer but could not do much due to his controversies.
4) Siddharth Trivedi (India)
One of the underrated players in IPL was Siddharth Trivedi. He troubled most batters with his lines, lengths and ability to move the ball. For many years, he was the highest wicket-taker for Rajasthan Royals. However, he was involved in fixing and compromised a vital part of his career. If not, he could have made it to Team India, as well. Currently, he is in the USA, playing domestic cricket there.
5) S Sreesanth (India)
S Sreesanth is also one of the cricketers who could have achieved a lot more if not for fixing controversies in recent years. A dual World Cup winner for Team India, S Sreesanth was one of the very few all-format cricketers for India. He was exceptional, especially in Tests. However, in 2013, his name came up in the spot-fixing scandal. He was given a ban for 7 years but by the time he returned, he was already old to make an impact. The player recently retired from the game.