Two men who were recognized as Mirza Adil and Shakoor Baig were arrested on Wednesday by Lahore police for betting on the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 matches, which are taking place in Abu Dhabi.
The cops have seized 7 cell phones and the stake money from the two bookies. More arrests of the bookies are expected in the light of the information obtained from the arrested suspects.
“We have arrested two bookies involved in betting on PSL matches from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat area,” Qamar Ahmed, a local police officer, said.
The sixth edition of PSL is to be completed in the UAE after it was postponed in early March, held in Karachi, following a covid-19 outbreak amongst players and staff members, where some of them were reported to have flouted the bio-bubble rules.
Pakistan team’s departure to England delayed to make space for PSL
Because of the late scheduling of the second phase of the PSL 2021, which will now conclude on June 24 instead of the earlier planned date of June 20, the Pakistan team will now land in Manchester on June 25, a couple of days late when they were originally scheduled to land in England.
However, there will be no change in the dates of the matches with the first game of the tour – an ODI in Cardiff – set to be conducted on July 8. The entire Pakistan contingent will be expected to quarantine for 10 days after their arrival in England.
They will, however, be allowed to train in small groups, but are likely to be short on net practice due to little time between the end of their quarantine period and the first ODI.
Babar Azam’s team will take on Eoin Morgan’s in a 3-ODI series followed by a 3-match T20I series. From England, Pakistan will travel to the West Indies, where they will play 5 T20Is and 2 Tests. The PCB has announced all the squads for the tours to England and West Indies.