Published: June 17, 2020 5:23:47 pm
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who can be the patron-in-chief of the nation’s cricket board, has accredited the PCB’s plan to revise its anti-corruption code and make match-fixing a felony offence.
According to 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 workforce to tour England regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Imran supported the draft copy of the new laws and advised Mani to get it cleared by the Law and other relevant ministries so that it can be tabled in the parliament and become a written law,” the supply mentioned.
Under the brand new code, the board intends to criminalise match-fixing and spot-fixing and likewise specify punishments for offenders, together with jail time.
“The new laws would give the PCB’s Anti-Corruption and security unit the power to not only probe money trails and assets off players/officials/persons but also carry out raids where required and file criminal cases,” the supply mentioned.
“Under the new laws, proven offenders will serve jail time plus the board will get powers to probe all assets and money trails of any player it suspects of being involved in corruption,” he added.
Until now, the PCB has applied the Anti-Corruption code, which is adopted by the International Cricket Council. That code doesn’t criminalise corruption in cricket and is proscribed in its punishments for offenders.
Experts and analysts say that the absence of clear punishments for offenders has inspired gamers to nonetheless take pleasure in corruption as they know they’ll get away with a number of years ban and return to taking part in cricket,
Pakistan cricket has reported quite a few circumstances the place its gamers have been discovered responsible of fixing matches, accepting approaches from bookmakers or not reporting such approaches.
The most up-to-date instance being that of Test batsman Umar Akmal who has now filed an enchantment towards his three-year ban earlier than an Independent adjudicator.
More 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.
The PCB has additionally banned Jamshed for 10-years.
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