The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that a local player participating in the ongoing National T20 Cup has reported an approach from an alleged bookie and investigations are underway to probe the matter further.
The suspected fixing offer was immediately revealed to the board by the unnamed cricketer as the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit has decided to involve the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to get to the bottom of the incident.
The tournament, which commenced on September 30, is currently in progress in Rawalpindi where the player faced a corrupt approach.
“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," said Lt Col (Retd) Asif Mahmood, PCB Director – Anti-Corruption and Security.
“This is a testament of our regular anti-corruption education sessions as well as the player’s clear understanding of the Code and his obligations under such a situation. This also reflects the trust and confidence the players have in the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit, which is very satisfying and encouraging for us."
“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," he commented.
“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."
In accordance with the zero-tolerance approach for illicit activities in the sport, the PCB has adopted a sterner rhetoric to tackle with lapses in reporting corrupt offers.
The often-controversial batsman Umar Akmal was handed an 18-month ban earlier this year for not reporting a nefarious approach to the relevant authorities.
The PCB has additionally moved towards imposing stricter sanctions relating to illegal manipulation, betting, match and spot-fixing as well as aiding and abetting similar conduct. For this purpose, the cricket body has asked the government to pass a regulation criminalising these acts.