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Cricketer approached by ‘suspected bookmaker’ during National T20 Cup

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that a suspected bookmaker approached a cricketer while there is a National T20 Cup being played in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

After reported by the player to the officials, the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit initiated the investigation.

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The PCB Director for Anti-Corruption and Security Lt Col (Retd) Asif Mahmood said, “I made an interaction with the player to praise and thank him for obeying the PCB Anti-Corruption Code and immediately reporting the sensitive matter to the officials.”

Furthermore, the Director said that this is the result of regular anti-corruption sessions with the players and a clear understanding of the code and players duty under such circumstances. The report of the bookmaker to the officials shows the trust and confidence the player has in PCB and its Anti-Corruption Unit.

After the report, the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit started an inquiry and gathered some valuable information on a bookmaker approaching a cricketer which is sent to the FIA for further expert opinion and to investigate the matter.

“As we cannot jeopardize 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”.

“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. 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”.

Zero tolerance is being shown for the corruption in cricket and PCB is also working very closely with the government on legislation to forbid corruption in sports.

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