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Five international cricket captains approached by bookies last year, reveals ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed on Monday, that five international cricket captains have been approached by bookies in the last year.

Speaking at an event in Dubai, Alex Marshall the head of ICC’s anti-corruption unit confirmed that, as many as five international captains have been approached for spot-fixing over the last 12 months; four of them from Full Member countries, ESPNcricinfo reported.

Out of all captains that have been approached, Pakistan cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed is the only one to have publicly stated that he was approached by a bookie during the series against Sri Lanka last year.

According to sources Sarfraz, who was shopping with his family at a mall in Dubai when he was approached by a bookie ahead of the second ODI against Sri Lanka.

The bookie came up to the captain, who first thought he was a fan requesting for a selfie. The man, however, made a spot-fixing bid to Sarfraz who turned it down on the spot and reported the approach to PCB’s security officials staying with the team.

“There have been 32 investigations in the last 12 months, eight involve players as suspects,” Marshall said.

He further added, “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.”

Moreover, Marshall said, “Corruptors love captains. They look for intermediaries. They look for weak links.”

Speaking about where the bookies are most likely to be from, he said, most, if not all, bookies were Indians.

“That does not mean they operate out of India. They are all over the world. And they love T20 cricket since it is easiest for them to spot-fix little periods of the game.”

Earlier, ICC chief executive Dave Ricardson had said, “T20 matches have increased the number of fans, has attracted new fans and with more people following the game there is a bigger risk that there could be efforts to corrupt those matches.”

“There is an indirect relationship between the T20 matches and the increased risk. Our priority is to increase the fans so if we have to work harder then we are ready for that,” he added.

Earlier, while still trying to figure out the “true identity” of alleged match-fixer Aneel Munawar, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has hired a betting analysis company to investigate his claims of having fixed Test sessions in a recent TV sting operation.

“Based on what we already know, we have engaged the services of an independent betting analysis company to examine the claims made about particular matches,” the ICC said in a statement.

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