Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Hosts' coach Mickey Arthur praises team member for reporting match-fixing offer

Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday confirmed a player was approached with a fixing offer during the ongoing ODI series with Sri Lanka but he reported the matter to the Board's anti-corruption unit.

AFP, October 22, 2017

Sharjah: Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur on Sunday praised an unnamed player for reporting a spot-fixing approach as "a real example to our team".

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday confirmed a player was approached with a fixing offer during the ongoing ODI series with Sri Lanka but he reported the matter to the Board's anti-corruption unit.

File photo of Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur. Reuters

File photo of Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur. Reuters

Pakistani media named the player as skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

"To be honest the player reacted unbelievably well," Arthur told media at the Sharjah stadium.

"He did everything required of him and we had a chat straight afterwards.

"It was handled brilliantly and I think that is a real example to our team and to the cricket world that a really important player was approached and acted to the letter of the law and did exceptionally well as a true ambassador of the game."

The PCB said the matter was also referred to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Arthur was confident all of his players would act in the same manner in future.

"I am very comfortable with our players, they are outstanding and they are intelligent young men and individuals and I have no doubt that if anyone is approached they will do the same way as the individual did," said Arthur.

As per the anti-corruption rules a player is required to instantly report a fixing offer, failing to which will result in a minimum of six months to a maximum life ban.

Pakistan cricket received a jolt in February when two of their players - Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif - were caught in a spot-fixing scandal which rocked their Twenty20 league held in the United Arab Emirates.

Sharjeel was banned for five years (two-and-a-half years of which were suspended) while Latif was banned for five years and fined one million rupees ($10,000).

The two played for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and were accused of arranging two dot balls in return for money in the opening match of the league.

Pacer Mohammad Irfan was banned for one year, six months of which were suspended, and fined one million rupees while spinning all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz was banned for two months (one suspended) and fined 200,000 rupees ($2,000) for failing to report fixing offers at various stages.

Updated Date: Oct 22, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114