Five international captains approached to spot-fix, says ICC


first_imgHead of International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) Alex Marshall confirmed on Monday that as many as five international captains have been approached for spot-fixing in the past one year.Out of which, four of them are from Full Member countries. Till date, only Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has publicly stated that an approach was made during Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2017.”There have been 32 investigations in the last 12 months, eight involve players as suspects. 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,” Marshall said at an media event at ICC’s headquarters in Dubai.Marshall also stressed on the need to work closely with all cricket boards to prevent corruption and the need to educate players about the various methods used by people to spread their influence across the various T20 leagues.”We try to link up with the intelligence. We look at what we know about this event, are we providing anti-corruption cover, are we already there or is it being provided by another party? Are there any other strands of intelligence we have about that tournament. Is there anything about financial backers or the people surrounding the tournament are suspicious?”We never launch off an investigation because something looks odd on the field or we get a single anonymous report. We get quite a lot of single, anonymous reports. We start putting the pieces together and there’s sufficient reason to think on reasonable grounds to start investigating this, then we take it on. We do find a lot of corrupters who move between formats of international and domestic, because they’re looking for the opportunity and vulnerability.”advertisementOn Sunday, new PCB chairman Ehsan Mani expressed his reservations about sending Pakistan players in the upcoming T10 League because of doubts over credibility of franchise owners.However, ICC chief Dave Richardson said that the tournament has the backing of ICC. But, he also stated that the need to remain vigilant.”I will first satisfy myself that we have enough information on the T10 before we release our players. We have to be satisfied where the money is coming from. We have to be satisfied who the sponsors are, we have to be satisfied who the franchisees are. None of this information exists in any file in the PCB today. Until we are satisfied there are no risks to the players, the board, or our reputation, no player will play. We are having discussions with ICC on this, and if they can give us assurances they do not have an issue with the T10, then I will not have an issue,” Mani said.Mani is yet to decide on letting the players go and a meet between to the two parties is scheduled to take place soon.The more shocking revelation however, was made by Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad, who became the latest high-profile name to be linked to spot-fixing.If reports are to be believed, the Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman was subject of a spot-fixing approach and the offer was made during the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 in UAE.However, he was not asked to do so for his national team but in the inaugural edition of the Afghan Premier League T20 to be played in Sharjah from October 5 to 23.But, according to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Shahzad immediately reported the approach to the team management and it was then forwarded to the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit.Shahzad will represent the Paktia franchise in the tournament, that is filled with star studded players like Brendon McCullum, Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle.”There was an approach made during the Asia Cup, but for their [Afghanistan’s] own T20 league. The matter was reported through the right channels on Saturday and is being looked into by the anti-corruption unit,” an ICC official said.last_img

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