PCB to recommend govt to pass law to curb corruption in sport

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2011, 20:31 PM IST

Lahore: In its bid to curb corruption in Pakistan cricket, the PCB will recommend to the government to consider passing a law in the country, which shall make corruption and fixing in sport a criminal offence.

"After today we have decided that we will recommend to the government to pass a law in the parliament to make corruption in any sport a criminal offence," PCB`s media manager, Nadeem Sarwar told reporters shortly after cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were today sentenced to jail for their role in the spot-fixing scandal.

He said PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf was upset at the convictions of the players but at the same time determined to take steps to ensure such things don`t happen in future.

The first step would be to recommend the government to consider passing a law in the parliament.

This would not only act as deterrent but would also allow for proper prosecution and punishment for criminal behaviour.

Sarwar also outlined the measures to be taken by the board under its new anti-corruption program.

"PCB totally supports the ICC and member boards in the fight against corruption and will continue to play our role in this regard."

Sarwar assured that ridding Pakistan cricket of possible corrupt behaviour will remain a high priority for the PCB.

"PCB will also work closely with the ICC and its member Boards in ensuring that the game of cricket globally is made totally free from the taint of corruption," he added.

Pained at the sentencing of the three players for corruption during last year`s tour of England, the PCB official said the players got what they deserved.

"The conviction and sentencing of some Pakistani Test players is a sad day for Pakistan cricket," Sarwar said.

"Instead of having pride in playing for their country, these players chose to disappoint their supporters, damage the image of their country and bring the noble game of cricket into disrepute. There is little sympathy in Pakistan for the them," he added.

PTI