PCB contacts Bangladesh board following arrest of Pak national

Lahore: The PCB has approached its Bangladeshi counterparts following the arrest of a Pakistani national over suspicion of spot-fixing during the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

"Yes, we are in contact with the Bangladesh Board officials as we are concerned about our players participating in the tournament. We want to keep a track of the situation," a PCB official said.

The Mirpur police questioned Sajid Khan, a Karachi resident, after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials found him involved in suspicious activities during the tournament. It is also understood that the authorities have recovered a bank account number of a player, telephone number and email address of another player from Sajid.

In another development, the passports of two Pakistani players, Nasir Jamshed and Rana Naved, have apparently been confiscated by the Bangladesh police authorities.

A record number of Pakistani players are participating in the lucrative Twenty20 league with Nasir playing for the Chittagong Kings and Rana turning out for the Dhaka Gladiators. Other Pakistani players Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and two juniors, Hammad Azam and Ovais Zia, would be reaching the capital city on Tuesday for the semifinals of the league.

All the players obtained requisite permission from the PCB to participate in the league.

Meanwhile, Nasir a discarded Pakistan opener, told `Samaa` news channel from Dhaka that he had been questioned by the authorities over his phone number, which they obtained from Sajid.

"It is nothing serious. I have many friends and if a friend of mine has given my number to someone there is nothing I can do. Authorities called me to make some inquiries and I co-operated fully with them. I am hopeful that I will be returning home as soon as the league gets over," said Nasir.

He insisted that he was not involved in any illegal activity and had no links with the arrested man.


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