ALTHOUGH one should always wait till the accused are proven guilty, the evidence of match-fixing is so overwhelming that everyone is prepared to accept the guilty charge on the Pakistan cricketers as well as the management. Pakistanis are hanging their heads in shame as they see their sporting heroes become tainted with the label of corruption which so far was linked to the ruling elite. But then in a society where the leaders are corrupt and shamelessly so, what does one expect? Ironically, the rather mild expression of disappointment from the President and Prime Minister was itself a disappointment but again, in a culture where political corruption is the norm, the reaction was not surprising. By continuously accepting the morally and financially corrupt in the corridors of power, we are rearing generations imbued with these degenerate values. Greed, power, nepotism and bribery are the buzzwords in Pakistan and it really makes little difference whether there is democracy or military rule these buzzwords remain in vogue. In fact, allegations of match-fixing have been around since the 1990s in Pakistani cricket. There was the 1994 case of Salim Malik offering money to Australians Waugh and Warne and we know that Wasim Akram lost his captaincy on alleged charges of offering a bribe to a bowler. Only last year Kamran Akmal was investigated for match fixing and Kaneria was arrested by the Essex police for a spot-fixing incident but later released. So we have a history but never before have we been caught red handed as it were. And it is interesting to note that match fixing has evolved alongside the increasingly more lucrative financial packages for the players and team management. Imagine the humiliation for Pakistan when the ECB Chairman Giles Clarke refused to shake hands with Pakistans Man of the Series player, Aamer, while presenting him with the award. But the shame goes far beyond, because other teams may well decide not to play with Pakistan anywhere because a win against Pakistan will be tainted with suspicions of whether or not it was truly deserved. So the Pakistani cricketers and the management have destroyed Pakistans cricketing future for decades. Already English Captain Vaughan has said it made no sense to continue with the ODIs since the matches would have no credibility. Others are calling for Pakistans suspension from world cricket. For a cricket-crazy nation, this will be a sporting death sentence. It is time for Pakistan to take strong action against the cricket team and its management. In fact, the team manager and Mr Ijaz Butt should not just be removed from their positions, they should be penalized. After all, it is simply not possible that they were unaware or even uninvolved in what was happening. There is also a growing suspicion that the gambling trail of high stakes and important players have yet to be exposed. However, unless the values of our ruling elite alter and the nation refuses to accept their corrupt ways, we cannot redeem Pakistans lost honour.