A Pakistan player was approached to spot fix one of the matches in the ongoing five-match ODI series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka but he refused to comply and reported the approach to the board’s anti-corruption unit, PCB chairman Najam Sethi told Cricingif on Saturday.
“One of our players was approached and he immediately reported it to our anti-corruption unit,” Sethi said at the PCB headquarters in Lahore. He, however, did not disclose the identity of the player.
Cricingif understands that he was referencing to Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed. Sarfraz recently reported an approach made to him by an influential person in Sharjah’s cricket set-up earlier this week.
The PCB informed the ICC when Sarfraz informed the Pakistan board.
Later he tweeted:
The menace of match and spot fixing has sullied Pakistan’s cricket history with the most recent episode unfolding during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League in February which resulted in five-year-long bans on Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif.
The PCB also banned giant fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan and left-arm orthodox Mohammad Nawaz for six months for failing to report approaches.
Pakistan are in the United Arab Emirates to host Sri Lanka in a full-series that consists of two Tests, five ODIs, and three T20Is. Pakistan were thrashed 0-2 by the touring party in the Test series but made a strong comeback in the ODI series to attain 4-0 lead. The last ODI is to be held on Monday at Sharjah.
The last of the three T20Is is scheduled to be held in Lahore.