The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has called on the federal government to enforce laws for making match-fixing and spot-fixing a crime class in cricket.
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani declared that currently, the cricket board does not have enough legal authority to investigate match-fixing properly.
“The problem is that PCB has no legal authority when it comes to match-fixing. We cannot follow money trails, if there is a law on match-fixing, then agencies can come in to take the necessary actions.”
Besides this Ehsan has communicated with the Government to take this matter seriously and urge to enact the proper legislation.
“I have already spoken to the government about this because other cricket playing nations like Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka has enacted laws that make match-fixing a criminal offense.”
Also, Ehsan mentioned about the positive impacts of applying this legislation in Sri Lankan Cricket.
On the contrary, Arif Ali Khan Abbasi, the former CEO of the PCB said that:
“The menace of fixing could not be completely uprooted from cricket.”
Arif Ali Abbasi has been a part of cricket administration for years. Besides this, he served as secretary of the BCCP, the treasurer and member of the ad hoc committee.
However, it seems that Arif Ali Abbasi does not quite agree with this move of PCB.
“It is almost impossible to eradicate corruption from cricket. If the parliamentary legislation would able to cope with this issue it would be a groundbreaking achievement.”
The ICC response
It is noteworthy that ICC has considered PCB’s statement and planning to take further actions about it.
“In countries where match-fixing is already illegal, we work with law enforcement agencies which enable us to perform our work more effectively and acts as a strong deterrent to the criminals trying to corrupt the game of cricket,” the ICC Spokesperson said.
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