The Qatar T10 League has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past few days. The franchise-based tournament which concluded on December 16 included players from countries like Pakistan, South Africa, and India. The International Cricket Council had sanctioned the tournament but with a plethora of reports concerning the players being approached by the bookies emerging, the apex cricketing body has now dug deep and is investigating into the matter.
And, now in another significant development, it has emerged that a Pakistani cricketer was approached by the alleged bookies to spot-fix games during the recently concluded T10 competition in Qatar, Wasim Khan, CEO of the Pakistan Cricket Board, confirmed on Thursday. According to Wasim Khan, the player who was allegedly approached, reported the advancement to the Anti-Corruption Unit of Pakistan Cricket Board, who in turn have apprised the International Cricket Council about the same.
“During the recently concluded T10 league in Qatar, a Pakistani player was approached for corruption. The player reported being approached to the bookies. PCB’s anti-corruption department reported about the players’ report to the International Cricket Council (ICC),” Wasim Khan, CEO of PCB informed the media as quoted by Geo.Tv.
While the name of the player hasn’t been revealed, a source, as reported by Geo.Tv, has revealed that a former Pakistani fast bowler is currently being probed for his role in alleged corrupt practices in the T10 league.
ICC has launched an investigation on alleged corrupt practices in Qatar T10 League
The Qatar T10 League has already been under immense scrutiny with the ICC launching a full-fledged investigation after news of players getting approached by the bookies surfaced.
Alex Marshall, the general manager of the ICC Integrity Unit had said, “The ICC sanctioned this event 12 months ago based on the sound information provided by the organisers. However substantial changes to both team ownership and the organisers just days prior to the event getting underway rang alarm bells for us and we applied additional investigative resources on the ground to address our concerns.
“As a result, we have intercepted a number of known corruptors both in Qatar and globally and disrupted planned corrupt activity at the event. This has given rise to a number of new investigations for the ICC ACU team as we continue in our efforts to ensure cricket is a corruption-free sport,” he had said.
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