PCB to report steps taken to combat corruption to ICC

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Lahore: May 12, 2011

The Pakistan Cricket Board will submit a detailed report to the ICC on the steps it has taken to combat corruption in the sport since the spot-fixing scandal involving three leading Pakistani players broke out in England last year.

A senior official of the board told PTI that not only would Pakistan support the concept of day and night test matches but would also submit its detailed report on corruption at the next board meetings of the ICC in Hong Kong.

The ICC board is also due to discuss the recommendations of its cricket committee when it meets next month and Pakistan has said it backs not only the day and night Test concept but also productive changes to the 50-over format game.

“We will be giving a detailed presentation on the steps we have taken since the spot fixing scandal to fight the menace of corruption in cricket and to educate our players and officials at the domestic and international level on how to avoid getting involved in corrupt practices. We know that since last year there is lot of focus on what we are doing in Pakistan to discourage this menace of corruption. We have not only prepared a new code of conduct for players and officials but are also rigorously implementing anti-corruption measures at domestic level,” the official said.

Salman Butt, Muhammad Aamir and Muhammad Asif were all found guilty of spot fixing in a Test in England on last year’s tour by the anti-corruption tribunal of the ICC and given minimum five year bans.

The spot-fixing scandal rocked the fabric of Pakistan cricket with the ICC at one stage even threatening to suspend the PCB if it didn’t introduce reforms in its administration.

The PCB official confirmed that Pakistan had already sent a report to the ICC cricket committee on its experiment of holding a day and night five-day match under lights in Karachi.

“Our experience of having first-class cricket under lights with a pink ball was a good one and we have told the ICC that we support such measures to make Test matches more exciting and interesting for the people,” the official said.

He said similarly the PCB would support any move to fine tune the one-day format as there was a need to move with the times with the advent of T20 cricket.

“As far as the UDRS system is concerned our stance is clear if it is to be implemented it should be done across the board internationally and secondly it should be enforced in test and one-day matches both.”

“There is also a need to keep on improving the technology with time to make the UDRS system more acceptable,” he said.