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PCB chief for all-out efforts against corruption in cricket

Updated May 19, 2013
PCB Chief Zaka Ashraf.
PCB Chief Zaka Ashraf.

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf has said that the PCB will make all-out efforts to cooperate in curbing the menace of corruption in cricket.

Besides Mumbai, Delhi and Dubai, Pakistan’s biggest commercial centre Karachi has also been mentioned as one of the four hubs of malpractices in the game in the preliminary report of Indian police.

Talking to Dawn on Saturday, the PCB chief assured that Pakistan would be part of any campaign against corruption in cricket.

“The PCB has not received any query thus far, neither from the BCCI nor the Indian government. But if any country asks any sort of help we will provide all possible support as we are all united against corruption in the game,” said Zaka.

Three Indian cricketers featuring for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) including Test player Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested in a shocking spot-fixing scam this week.

Zaka further said that the PCB had taken all important steps to avoid 2010-like situation which resulted in suspension of three Pakistani cricketers.

“A strict code of conduct and vigilance system are the two major steps the PCB has taken to protect the players from unwanted persons and to avoid any disgraceful incident,” he remarked.

Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir were caught in London in 2010 following a sting operation by a British tabloid exposing the infamous spot-fixing scandal.

The PCB chief admitted that such events were a great threat to the game of cricket and all stakeholders should unite to deal with the menace.

Zaka said that the PCB won’t tolerate any corruption at any level, adding that all players of the national team attended a briefing where they were informed about precautions they have to take. “The PCB has a separate anti-corruption code now and all measures are also mentioned in the players’ central contracts,” he said.

It may be mentioned here that in order to shield the players from any outside elements, the PCB has also hired a security and vigilance officer to travel with the team and monitor the players’ activities throughout the England tour.