Pakistan cricketers’ incomes to be investigated
Karachi: Moved by the recent spot fixing scandal which has engulfed the Pakistan cricket, country’s Federal Board of Revenue has instructed its regional offices to accumulate details of the assets of the players who have represented the country over the last five years.
The FBR also wants complete details of players’ vehicles, plots, agricultural farms, bungalows, national as well as international bank accounts and all the movable and non-movable assets.
The FBR directive comes in the midst of a major spot fixing scam involving three Pakistani players – captain Salman Butt and pacer duo of Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir – who have been provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council.
Israr Rauf, a senior FBR official in Lahore, said that the regional income tax offices have been directed to submit details of the national cricket team members’ income sources.
The FBR has also asked its regional income tax offices to ascertain details of income of Pakistan captains, coaches, managers, commentators, selectors and other office-holders for the last five years and provide their national tax numbers as well.
Interestingly, the FBR’s move comes after Pakistan’s Test batsman Yasir Hameed claimed that his teammates fixed “almost every game” and he was dropped from the national team for two years because he did not go along with his corrupt colleagues.
In the spot fixing scam the ICC and Scotland Yard are also investigating alleged international bank accounts of the three Pakistan players.
Rauf said the regional tax offices have also been asked to check whether the players or officials are submitting their income tax returns or not.
Rauf said that all the players and officials will also be asked to submit wealth returns. “Factual returns have to be submitted till September 30,” he said.
The FBR has also decided to conduct an audit of the previous five years’ tax matters of the players and officials.
More players are being asked to submit details of their property, flats, bank accounts, lockers and other possessions.
Rauf said details have also been sought from the Pakistan Cricket Board regarding the amounts paid to its Chairman Ijaz Butt, other office-holders, selectors, players, coaches, managers and journalists during the last five years.
During the Lord’s Test against England, Asif and Aamir allegedly bowled three no-balls after taking bribes from a bookie.