New investigations have revealed that India was most likely behind the spot fixing scandal which emerged in Pakistan Super League (PSL) involving batsman Nasir Jamshed, amongst others.
The new revelations came in light of the investigations which have been taking place ever since Jamshed was caught by authorities earlier this year. It emerged that the cricketer was being controlled by a third man with ties to Indian bookies and the group planned to corrupt PSL 2017 matches in Dubai.
Two other culprits have been arrested in addition to Jamshed, and all of them are currently on police bail. The cricketer was the first person to be arrested by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in connection to allegations that he attempted to corrupt other players by luring them into spot-fixing. The second person arrested has been identified as Yousuf Anwar from Sheffield, a B-category cricketer who has played in various clubs around greater Manchester. Both were arrested on February 13 this year “in connection with bribery offences as part of an ongoing investigation into international cricket match spot-fixing”.
The third suspect was arrested after Jamshed and Anwar’s laptops and mobile phones were searched and communication links were found between them. The third suspect, whose identity has not been revealed, appears to be the key link between Indian bookies and the Pakistani players.
The NCA refused to comment on the identities of the three suspects and their roles, but said “As part of the on-going investigation we are working closely with the Pakistan Cricket Board and International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption units. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has launched its own investigation which has resulted in the suspension of three players.”
PCB suspended Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif under its anti-corruption code as part of the investigation.