The Pakistan cricket team’s head coach Mickey Arthur on Sunday appreciated a player from the team, believed to be captain Sarfraz Ahmed, for reporting an offer for spot fixing as a ‘real example of our team’.
It was also confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday that a player had been approached with a fixing offer by a bookie during the ongoing five-match ODI series with Sri Lanka but he reported the matter to the Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit as soon as he was approached.
Even though officially the name of the player has not been released but he has been identified as Sarfraz Ahmed. The management has decided to not making the name public.
“To be honest the player reacted unbelievably well,” Arthur told media at 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.”
PCB chairman on Friday tweeted that the matter was also referred to the International Cricket Council.
Meanwhile Arthur also said that he remains confident that even if any other players from the team were approached, they would have acted the same way. “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.
Pakistan cricket team got embroiled in a scandal this February in which two of the players—Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif—were caught in a spot-fixing scandal. Sharjeel was banned for five years (two and a half years of which were suspended), while Khalid was banned for five years and fined one million rupees ($10,000).