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Attempt by bookies to meet PSL stars foiled.

Summary: Photograph of a Bangladesh bookie circulated to warn players

K.R. Nayar, Chief Cricket Writer

Sharjah: The Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) strict measure to prevent anyone corrupting the Pakistan Super League has resulted in an attempt by two bookies to approach the players being foiled.

A source at the PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has revealed that an international fixing syndicate was trying to corrupt the league. These bookies were attempting to contact players via social media websites. It is understood that attempt was made to reach three players through WhatsApp and FaceTime.

One of the bookies whose name is Umar is from Bangladesh, while others are believed to be from India. According to information Umar is involved in pitch siding -- a term used for those who provide information to bookies from mobile from the ground.

The PCB has introduced the strictest of security measures in the aftermath of a spot-fixing scandal that hit the PSL last year and ensure that no one approaches the players in the hotel where they are staying.

Last year, cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were suspended by the PCB for five years after the board's anti-corruption tribunal found them guilty of playing a role in the corruption. Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz were also suspended for a year, and two months respectively last year for not reporting the corrupt approach by bookies.

All the PSL players have been shown the photograph of Umar and they have been asked to immediately inform the ACU if they spot him. The ACU officials suspect that he could be in the city. As a preventive measure, the PSL officials have prevented players from meeting any guests in hotel rooms and any meeting will have to be in the hotel lobby. The PCB has taken extra measures for this edition by appointing a security manager for each PSL team. Following the development the ACU has held an emergency meeting here,

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Mar 2, 2018
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