Pakistan taking special measures to avoid scandals during upcoming England tour

Pakistan cricket was rocked in 2010 during a tour to England when the News of the World tabloid broke the story about spot-fixing which led to the suspension and then bans on former captain Salman Butt (second from right) and his teammates Mohammad Asif (right) and Mohammad Aamer (second from left) © Getty Images

Karachi: Apr 26, 2013

Pakistan will take special measures during its forthcoming tour to the United Kingdom to avoid a repeat of the spot-fixing scandal that hit the nation’s cricket in 2010.

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf said the special measures included sending a vigilance officer with the team, having the players adhere to a special code of conduct and a one-to-one briefing before the team left for the UK next month.

“We will be sending a vigilance officer with the team so that they are no unwelcome elements around the team and the players also don’t get trapped into any scandal. We don’t want the mistakes of the last tour to England repeated again,” Ashraf said here today.

He said the vigilance officer was being sent to monitor movements of players while the security manager, who usually accompanies the team, will do his job seperately.

Pakistan cricket was rocked in 2010 during a tour to England when the News of the World tabloid broke the story about spot-fixing which led to the suspension and then bans on former captain Salman Butt and his teammates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer.

The three are presently serving minimum five year bans from the anti-corruption tribunal of the ICC and last year also served different jail sentences in the UK for their role in the spot-fixing scandal.

Ashraf said the scandal had badly affected the image of Pakistan cricket and it had taken a lot of hard work to restore a positive image of the team.

“So we don’t want the same thing or mistakes happening again. This time we are going to be very careful and cautious.

We are going to have a special code of conduct for the players and I will be briefing them myself about what we expect them to do on the tour,” he said.