An attempt to trap Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed in the fixing swing has been turned down. According to media reports, The skipper was approached by a bookie who made a lucrative offer to him during the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka. Sarfraz rejected it and immediately reported the matter to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi on Saturday said they have informed International Cricket Council (ICC) about the approach made by a bookie to skipper Sarfraz Ahmed during the ongoing five-match series against Sri Lanka.
Sethi tweeted “A player was approached. As per rules, he immediately reported to the PCB who informed the ICC. Matters are jointly in hand. No further comment.”
Another official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said on condition of anonymity told: “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,”.
“ICC rules don’t allow us to name player (s) in such cases where approaches are reported but yes Sarfraz got an offer and he immediately reported the matter to the concerned officials, who have taken appropriate action,” he added.
Sarfraz was approached while he was out with his family on an off day after the first ODI. When the bookie approached him, Sarfraz thought he was a fan requesting for a picture, but the man made a spot-fixing offer to Sarfraz who turned it down on the spot and reported the approach to PCB’s security officials staying with the team and to the Director Security Colonel Azam in Lahore.