Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan skipper, admitted on Wednesday (October 25) that he was the player approached by a bookie, but played down any fears and pressure going into the Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka staring on Thursday.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had confirmed that a Pakistan player was approached for spot-fixing during the five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka in the UAE, but did not identify the player despite his name appearing in the media.
The International Cricket Council was also briefed of the approach, and its Anti-Corruption Unit then interviewed Sarfraz.
Asked if he was under a bit of pressure after revealing the offer, Sarfraz replied: “Obviously I did my job of informing (the authorities), but I was not scared when I informed them about it.
“However, I became scared after I saw myself on television. There was so much talk about it on television that I got scared.”
Sarfraz said everything was fine after the investigation.
“But by the grace of God, everything is getting normal,” he said. “When you are going into a series, you need to be relaxed, and that’s how it is now.”