ICC officer lectures Pakistani ‘A’ team before Caribbean tour

Karachi: An officer from the ICC’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit today visited the national cricket academy in Lahore to lecture the members of the West Indies bound Pakistan ‘A’ squad.

Martin Virgan delivered a detailed lecture to the players about the dangers and pitfalls of not adhering to the ICC anti-corruption laws and regulations and briefed them on their responsibilities as international cricketers.

This is the first time that a ICC anti-corruption officer has specially come down to Lahore to brief a national A team before a major tour.

The Pakistan A squad us being led by Test batsman Faisal Iqbal and also has a number of players who have played for the senior team.

The team leaves on Monday for the Caribbean for a month long tour.

The Pakistan senior team is also due to tour the West Indies next year in April-May.

A player said the ICC officer told them about the anti-corruption laws and advised them on interacting with people on the tour.

“The ICC is clearly taking the issue of corruption in cricket with great seriousness where Pakistan is concerned,” he said.

The ICC has pressurised the Pakistan Cricket Board to start enforcing the anti-corruption laws and regulations properly in domestic cricket as well.

Sources said the ICC officer will also inspect the steps being taken to make players aware of the anti-corruption laws in Pakistan’s domestic cricket.

The ICC passed out a 30-days ultimatum to the PCB after its last executive board meeting in Dubai that it needed to reform its governance and administration.

The ICC move came after the Pakistan team players were suspected of spot fixing on the recent tour of England and three players -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammed Asif -- were suspended for alleged spot-fixing.

The PCB has introduced a new code of conduct for its senior team players and for domestic cricket with heavy fines for players found violating the clauses of the code or anti-corruption laws.


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