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Pakistan Cricket Board requests government for anti-corruption law

The governing body further has a clear vision regarding the future of women's cricket and better facilities for the game at the grass-root level.

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Najam Sethi. (Photo by Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly requested the nation’s government to introduce an anti-corruption law. The law would be a positive step towards taking stringent actions against players committing fraudulent and heinous activities such as fixing matches. The move is expected to eradicate all kinds of corruption from sports in the country.

Apart from taking pro-active actions against crimes such as fixing, PCB has also suggested for various ways to bring about development in the game of cricket within the country. The governing body further has a clear vision regarding the future of women’s cricket and better facilities for the game at the grass-root level. The governing body has requested the government to look into each of these matters.

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Pakistan Cricket Board taking a step in the right direction

In a conversation with APP, a PCB official emphasised on PCB’s intention of demolishing all forms of corruption related to Cricket and said, “In this regard PCB has already introduced a strict anti-corruption code and it has a permanent vigilance department in PCB to counter the menace of corruption.”

He elucidated that a law regarding this matter if passed, will prove beneficial to prevent any such crimes in the future as in the current scenario, accused cricketers are merely banned for a few years and allowed to play again. However, the law in question would make them think twice before committing such crimes. “In this regard PCB has already requested the government to take action in this matter,” he said.

According to the official, PCB has also suggested that the government should direct the governing body to channelise their monetary income into the development and promotion of cricket in the country instead of paying taxes.

“This will ensure that various stadiums are maintained and brought to international standards on a regular basis,” he said.

As further measures, he opined that the government should make it mandatory for educational boards to organise cricket events on a nationwide basis and also ensure proper and safe facilities for women’s cricket in the country. “The PCB will play its role in facilitating such events,” he concluded.

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