A Pakistani player, who is currently playing in the ongoing National T20 Cup, has reported a “corrupt approach” during the tournament to Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption unit. Following the early investigation, the PCB has engaged the Federal Investigating Agency (FIA) to probe further.
According to reports, the player has not represented Pakistan in international cricket. The ongoing T20 competition is the first high-profile tournament or series in the country since the coronavirus pandemic brought the game to a standstill in March. National T20 Cup commenced on September 30 and is scheduled to finish on 18th of this month.
PCB reveal corrupt approach details:
While confirming the news of the corrupt approach, the PCB has stated that an unnamed player reported an approach from a suspected bookmaker during the tournament in Rawalpindi. The PCB authorities are also keeping ICC updated on the entire matter.
“I have spoken with the player to compliment and thank him for following the PCB Anti-Corruption Code and reporting the approach to the anti-corruption officer,” the PCB Anti-Corruption and Security director Lt Col (Retd) Asif Mahmood said.
“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, which has the required expertise, resources, capabilities, and powers to investigate such matters.
“As we cannot jeopardise an ongoing investigation, it will be inappropriate for us to share any specifics of the approach. However, the PCB as a responsible member of the International Cricket Council will continue to keep the game’s administrative body abreast of the progress in investigations as part of our information-sharing approach,” he added.
The PCB is doing all it can to wipe out corruption from the game in Pakistan. No country has suffered as much as Pakistan in recent times due to the menace of fixing. Before the start of the ongoing event, the cricket board had carried out mandatory anti-corruption lectures reminding players of their responsibility, and guided players thoroughly about the code.
This has been a regular exercise at domestic and international series since 2010 when the PCB was forced to revise its code of conduct for players with special emphasis on anti-corruption.