Sarfraz Ahmed records statement after being approached by bookies
Matters are jointly in hand. No further comment: Sethi
Published - Oct 22, 2017 4:18 pm | Updated - Oct 22, 2017 4:18 pm
The captain of Pakistan cricket team, Sarfraz Ahmed, does not only lead by example on the field but also off it. Reportedly, Sarfraz was approached by bookies in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi and the former turned down the lucrative deal.
The captain recorded his statement officially before the International Cricket Council’s Anti Corruption Unit. The body conducted a detailed interview of Sarfraz regarding the matter.
The interrogating officers probed Sarfaraz with some hard-hitting questions such as “how long have you known the suspected fixer,” “have you ever taken money from the fixer”, and “have you ever accepted any gift from the suspected fixer.”
However, Sarfraz Ahmed rejected the proposal made by the bookies and came out of the interrogation unharmed. According to Geo News,t the cricketer in question 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.
Najam Sethi took to Twitter to confirm the approach
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.The bookie came up to the captain, who first thought he was a fan requesting for a selfie.
PCB chairman Najam Sethi took to Twitter to confirm the approach made by the bookie while keeping the player anonymous. “A player was approached. As per rules he immediately reported to PCB who informed ICC. Matters are jointly in hand. No further comment,” he tweeted.
“Sarfraz has set a great example for his teammates on how to avoid attempts to corrupt the game. 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,” commented a PCB official according to DNA.