Former pacer Ata-ur-Rehman, who was banned for life by a match-fixing inquiry commission, has threatened to take the Pakistan Cricket Board to court for double standards while dealing with players involved in corruption.”I have told a high-ranking board official today that if chairman Najam Sethi does not want to hear me out then I will have no option but to go to the high court for justice,” Ata said.Ata, who played 13 Tests and 30 ODIs between 1992 and 1996, was banned for life in 2000 by the Justice Malik Qayyum Commission for committing perjury during the investigations into the match-fixing allegations against Pakistani players in the 90s.Ata had the ban overturned in a high court and also got clearance from the International Cricket Council to resume his cricket activities.”I have been told by PCB officials that I can’t be given any job or coaching assignment because of my background. Why did they appoint me as regional coach four years back,” Ata said.The tall pacer, who had accused former captain Wasim Akram of offering him $100,000 for under-performing during a one-day series in New Zealand in 1994, later changed his statement before the Qayyum commission and was sanctioned for committing perjury.”I have told the board official today that if they don’t give me a fair hearing I will take them to court and also challenge the Qayyum report. At least three players, Wasim, Mushtaq Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq, who the commission recommended should not be given high-profile assignments by the board, are enjoying with well-paid jobs and assignments, so why should I be made to suffer?”advertisementAta also questioned the board’s refusal to hear him out and give him a coaching assignment when it had allowed Mohammad Aamir to come back into the Pakistan team. “Aamir served a five-year ban for spot-fixing. I didn’t even commit any fixing and was punished for not speaking the truth. Yet they say they can’t employ me,” he questioned.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his recent Ballon d’Or award by scoring twice for the first time in a La Liga game this season as champions Real Madrid swept to a stunning 5-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday to go five points behind leaders Barcelona.Real faced a crisis in defence with Raphael Varane, captain Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and holding midfielder Casemiro all unavailable but Zinedine Zidane’s side produced a lethal attacking display, scoring all their goals before halftime.Nacho Fernandez cashed in on a woeful attempted clearance from the visitors following a corner to put Real ahead in the third minute. Ronaldo sidefooted home a through ball from Marco Asensio to score the second in the 23rd.Ronaldo, who had paraded his joint-record five Ballon d’Or trophies on the Santiago Bernabeu pitch before kick-off, then thumped in the third from the penalty spot, his kick proving too powerful for visiting goalkeeper Sergio Rico.Photo Credit: ReutersToni Kroos scored the most impressive goal of the game by charging forward from his own half and playing a wall pass with Lucas Vazquez before stroking the ball beyond Rico, while 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi notched his first goal for Real in the 42nd minute to complete another lethal breakaway.Real go third in the standings on 31 points, level with Valencia who host Celta Vigo later on Saturday, and five behind Barcelona, who visit Villarreal on Sunday.Sevilla went into the game level on points with Real and after qualifying for the last-16 of the Champions League but they were blown apart and suffered their heaviest defeat of the season in all competitions.advertisementReal, meanwhile, head off in confident mood to the United Arab Emirates to try and defend the Club World Cup title and will miss next week’s domestic action.