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Sarfraz approached by a bookie during ongoing series against Sri Lanka

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was approached by a bookie who made a spot-fixing offer to him during the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka in UAE.

Sarfraz rejected the offer and immediately reported the approach to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), sources said. A day ago, it was reported that an “important” member of Pakistan squad had been approached by an international fixing syndicate, but the cricketer had foiled the spot-fixing bid and alerted the ACU officials.

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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.

A famous cricket journalist confirmed that news;

She further said that the man in question knows Sarfraz from his under-19 days and supplies the team often with net bowlers.

After the incident, a PCB official said that, “The matter has been handled as per standard procedure but there is a lot of respect for Sarfraz, who as a captain and player, has set a great example for his teammates on how to avoid attempts to corrupt the game.”

“ICC rules don’t allow us to name player (s) in such cases where approaches are reported but yes Sarfraz got an offer and he immediately reported the matter to the concerned officials, who have taken appropriate action,” he added.

“On the insistence of head coach Mickey Arthur, there was a bit of relaxation for the players during the ongoing series in the UAE and they were allowed to meet friends and go out for shopping and dinners but now strict procedures and timings have been enforced again,” the official said.

The board, following the incident, tightened security measures for the team and issued fresh instructions to the squad to stay away from irrelevant people. PCB security officials also restored the curfew timings for the players in the aftermath of the approach.

Prior to the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series, there were reports that bookies were intending to approach players, in view of which the ACU team was already on alert and had tightened curfew timings for the team, the sources disclosed.

It is worth mentioning here that the spot-fixing scandal had jolted the PCB during the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai earlier this year, and names of five big cricketers surfaced in the corruption scandal.

Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz were found guilty of not informing the ACU about the offers that they received from the bookies. Nawaz was banned for one month and Irfan for one year, but his suspension was later reduced to six months.

Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were found guilty of doing spot-fixing, and both have been banned from cricket for five years. Sharjeel and Khalid were also sent back home from Dubai during the tournament. The case of Shahzaib Hasan is still underway in the ACU.

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