Originally Posted by silentstriker
I felt Warne should have been banned for two years. Ditto with Asif + Akhtar. If they are found guilty, thats what it should be.
Asif is very young so his career will be fine, but this might very well be the end for Akhtar.
On the other hand Asif's reputation will be tarnished and would any County employers in the future be keen on hiring him if the label 'drug cheat' are next to his name and I don't think sponsors would be to keen either.
For me this is such a big topic to me and one of great importance and I think there has been an overreaction by some. I know it is hard for the Pakistani cricket fans to take losing twokey players but to call it as your own 9/11 in sporting terms is frankly OTT as I would have thought the whole match fixing scandal 6 years ago was even worse as it was a case of 'well who should we believe?' when you see somebody like Hansie Cronje involved. And even more so for Pakistan with a player of Salim Malik's calibre.
And as for Asif's and Akhtar's claims of innocence, I don't buy that either. Sorry but even if you have injury problems it is the onus of the athlete to grill the doctor/specialist on what is in the treatment they are recieving. They should carry around this sort of information with them as it is very important.