PCB chief assures complete cooperation to curb cricket corruption

Updated: May 20, 2013, 15:29 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf has assured that the board will put its best efforts to eradicate cricket corruption.

A preliminary report by police in India has proved that Karachi is one of the hubs for corrupt practices in the game, apart from Mumbai, Delhi and Dubai.

Ashraf claimed that PCB will extend its support to any country wanting to curb corruption, adding that Pakistan will be part of any campaign launched against corruption in cricket.

Ashraf further said that the board had taken important actions to avoid a previous situation that happened in 2010 when three Pakistani cricketers, former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt, pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir were suspended. The chief also claimed that PCB has made stringent codes of conduct and vigilance system to protect players from corrupt dealings.

The move comes as three Indian cricketers featuring for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) including Test player Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested in a spot-fixing scam this week.

PCB has hired a security and vigilance officer to travel with the team and monitor the players’ activities throughout the England tour and will maintain a separate anti-corruption code as it plans to show a zero tolerance towards any form of corruption in the game.