Pakistan cricket authorities played down a fixing offer that was made to Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, during the ongoing one-day series with Sri Lanka as their Anti-Corruption Unit was investigating the matter.
Sources said the man who approached the Pakistan captain is a local and had been known to the players for several years.
“The man, who approached the Pakistan captain before the third match on October 18 in Abu Dhabi, is known to the team for several years and is involved in the net sessions,” said sources on Saturday (October 21).
With Pakistan leading 2-0, it would have been an attempt to change the result so that the five-match series remains open.
Colonel Khalid, the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit official, is with the team on the tour and has been investigating.
A player was approached. As per rules he immediately reported to PCB who informed ICC. Matters are jointly in hand. No further comment.
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) October 21, 2017
Sources have revealed that the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit will interview Sarfraz later today to inquire about the matter.
Pakistan Super League’s second edition was rocked by spot fixing scandal after an alleged bookie, also known to the players from some years, orchestrated a deal with Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif — both playing for Islamabad United — to play two dot balls.
Sharjeel was banned for five years (two and a half years suspended) and Khalid was banned for five years. Cases against two other players — Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed — are under investigation by a three-member tribunal.
Two players — Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Irfan — were banned for two and six months respectively on not reporting offers of fixing to the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit as well.