Sethi responds to latest spot-fixing scare

Sarfraz Ahmed claims he turned down approach from bookmaker during SL series

The Anti-Corruption Unit has also conducted a detailed interview of Sarfraz regarding the matter.

The shadow of bookies and match-fixing continues to hover around the Pakistan camp after it was revealed that skipper Sarfraz Ahmed reported a suspicious approach to the ICC's Anti Corruption Unit (ACU). From that case, a number of players were punished by the PCB for failing to report the approaches and two - Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif - have been found guilty and banned for more serious breaches of the PCB's anti-corruption code.

According to Pakistan-based Geo News sources, the approach was made at a Dubai mall, just before Pakistan were due to play their 2nd ODI against the Lankan Lions on October 16.

A day ago, it was reported that an "important" member of Pakistan squad had been approached by an global fixing syndicate, but the cricketer had foiled the spot-fixing bid and alerted the ACU officials.

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The bookie came up to the captain, who first thought he was a fan requesting for a selfie.

In a tweet sent out today (Saturday), the PCB Chairman said that, yes, a player had indeed been approached by a spot-fixer and had offered him a chance to join in. Ahmed rejected the offer on the spot and immediately informed the PCB's anti-corruption unit.

"A player was approached".

"The matter has been handled as per standard procedure but there is a lot of respect for Sarfraz, who as a captain and player, has set a great example for his teammates on how to avoid attempts to corrupt the game", an official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said, reported PTI. Matters are jointly in hand.

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