Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman, Mohammad Shahzad has reportedly become a target of spot-fixing approach during the ongoing Asia Cup. The offer was to underperform in the inaugural edition of the Afghan Premier League T20 to be played in Sharjah next month, reported the ESPNCricinfo.
As per the details available, Shahzad immediately reported the approach to the team management, and all protocols were followed in raising the matter with the ICC's anti-corruption unit.
The draft for Afghanistan’s premier domestic T20 league was held earlier this month where Shahzad was picked by the Paktia franchise.
"There was an approach made during the Asia Cup, but for their [Afghanistan's] own T20 league," an ICC official said. "The matter was reported through the right channels on Saturday and is being looked into by the anti-corruption unit."
Speaking at a media event in Dubai on Monday, Alex Marshall, head of the ICC's anti-corruption unit, confirmed as many as five international captains have been approached for spot-fixing over the last 12 months, with Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, being the highest-profile player.
"There have been 32 investigations in the last 12 months, eight involve players as suspects," Marshall said at the ICC's headquarters. "Five of them involve administrators or non-playing personnel. Three of these individuals have been charged. Five internationals captains have also reported receiving approaches to spot-fix."
On Sunday, Ehsan Mani, the new PCB chairman, expressed reservations of fielding Pakistan players in the upcoming T10 League citing doubts over credibility of franchise owners. Dave Richardson, the ICC chief executive, said the tournament had their backing, but also stated the need to remain vigilant. Mani, however, is yet to formally take a call on the matter and a meeting between him and the players is expected to take place soon.