February 28, 2021

PCB will get Imran Khan’s backing to criminalise match-fixing – cricket

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who can be the patron-in-chief of the nation’s cricket board, has authorized the PCB’s plan to revise its anti-corruption code and make match-fixing a legal offence.

In accordance with a Pakistan Cricket Board supply, the inexperienced sign got here when PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani met with Imran earlier this week the place the premier additionally gave the clearance for the nationwide staff to tour England regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Imran supported the draft copy of the brand new legal guidelines and suggested Mani to get it cleared by the Legislation and different related ministries in order that it may be tabled within the parliament and turn out to be a written legislation,” the supply mentioned.

Below the brand new code, the board intends to criminalise match-fixing and spot-fixing and likewise specify punishments for offenders, together with jail time.

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“The brand new legal guidelines would give the PCB’s Anti-Corruption and safety unit the ability to not solely probe cash trails and property off gamers/officers/individuals but additionally perform raids the place required and file legal instances,” the supply mentioned.

“Below the brand new legal guidelines, confirmed offenders will serve jail time plus the board will get powers to probe all property and cash trails of any participant it suspects of being concerned in corruption,” he added.

Till now, the PCB has applied the Anti-Corruption code, which is adopted by the Worldwide Cricket Council. That code doesn’t criminalise corruption in cricket and is restricted in its punishments for offenders.

Consultants and analysts say that the absence of clear punishments for offenders has inspired gamers to nonetheless take pleasure in corruption as they know they will get away with a number of years ban and return to taking part in cricket, Pakistan cricket has reported quite a few instances the place its gamers have been discovered responsible of fixing matches, accepting approaches from bookmakers or not reporting such approaches.

The newest instance being that of Take a look at batsman Umar Akmal who has now filed an attraction in opposition to his three-year ban earlier than an Impartial adjudicator.

Extra just lately, a court docket in Manchester within the UK despatched Pakistani opener Nasir Jamshed and two different bookmakers from the nation to jail for corruption.