Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday (October 15) confirmed that a player playing in ongoing Pakistan’s domestic National T20 Cup has been approached by a suspected bookmaker in Rawalpindi.
However, the player’s name has not been revealed. The player reported the approach to PCB anti-corruption unit and security director Asif Mahmood.
Mahmood stated, “As we cannot jeopardize an ongoing investigation, it will be inappropriate for us to share any specifics of the approach. We are all aware that the game is at risk due to a small number of corrupters who try to entice cricketers for their personal gains and benefit.”
He added, “But there is also no doubt that we can collectively defeat these people if the players strictly abide by the anti-corruption protocols and continue to report approaches to the anti-corruption officers.”
Meanwhile, the PCB in a statement also confirmed that the board’s anti-corruption unit investigated and shared details with government authorities.
The statement read: “Following the report, the PCB anti-corruption Unit carried out its own probe and unearthed some sensitive information, which has been forwarded to the FIA (Federal Investigation Agency), which has the required expertise, resources, capabilities and powers to investigate such matters.”
Noteworthy, Pakistan’s leading international stars like Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, and Mohammad Hafeez are currently playing in the National T20 Cup.
(With PTI Inputs)