PCB all set to hold anti-corruption seminars

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set hold anti-corruption seminars and workshops this month to educate players and officials belonging to the regional and departmental teams about the International Cricket Council anti-corruption code of conduct.

The PCB said on Wednesday that its security manager, Colonel Waseem Ahmed would conduct the seminars and workshops in different regions from December 10-22.

“The move is a part of the reforms being carried out by the PCB to improve the enforcement of the anti-corruption code in domestic cricket,” one official said.

The ICC had given the PCB a deadline of one month to introduce reforms in its cricket structure after the spot-fixing scandal involving Pakistani players broke out in August.

The ICC’s intention of introducing reforms in Pakistan’s cricket structure was aimed at ensuring that anti-corruption measures were implemented properly and seriously. The PCB was also warned of sanctions if it failed to carry out the reforms properly.

As part of its plan to adhere to the ICC directions, the PCB has also banned the use of mobile phones and laptops during domestic matches.

Already the board’s match referees have fined two players for bringing and speaking on mobile phones during domestic matches in Karachi.

The official said the security manager would be educating the players and officials of domestic teams about the anti-corruption measures of the ICC and also those being enforced by the PCB.

“It is an attempt to ensure that no player or official can ever say he was not aware of certain clauses of the code,” the official said.

Pressure has grown on the PCB to educate its players after ICC had to suspend Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif in August over spot-fixing allegations while they were touring England.

Subsequently the ICC has also expressed reservations over the role of some other players of the national team.

The ICC has also told its member countries to introduce anti-corruption codes in their domestic cricket by April 1, 2011.


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