Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official confirmed that bookmakers contacted some of the players featuring in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). This time around, the bookies contacted a couple of players through social media websites.

PSL 2016 edition was stained with several spot-fixing allegations. Players like Sharjeel Khan, Nasir Jamshed and many others were suspended after indulging in the act.

PCB hasn’t disclosed the name of the players contacted by the bookies although the cricketers decided to report to the board officials instantaneously after being communicated.

PSL players contacted by bookies through new means
PSL franchise owners unhappy with overseas players. Credit: PCB

A couple of players were approached through social media apps. They did not respond to the bookie and reported the matter to us.We are watching out for the culprits,” said the PCB official according to The Dawn.

In the previous edition of PSL, the match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in February last year caught the center stage after alleged spot-fixing.

Consequently, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were handed a five-year ban. They were found guilty of spot-fixing and other violation of the board’s anti-corruption code.

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Tainted Khalid Latif was banned alongside United partner Sharjeel Khan after PSL fixing saga. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Shahzaib Hasan fine 1 million for breaching three clauses

Meanwhile, fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz were also suspended for twelve and two months. That said, the anti-corruption tribunal of the PCB later suspended Sharjeel’s portion of the ban. The board made a move based on circumstantial evidence.

Also, for not reporting the approach from bookies on time, the probe is also ongoing against former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed for his alleged role in PSL spot-fixing scandal.

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In recent developments, PCB’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal had last week also handed a one-year suspension to cricketer Shahzaib Hasan. A fine of Rs 1 million was imposed on him for breaching three clauses of the board’s code of conduct for players.

This includes luring cricketers into spot-fixing, not reporting approaches by the bookies on time. Also, concealing information regarding his contacts with the bookies.

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