ISLAMABAD: In order to root out the menace of corruption from cricket and ensure players don’t tarnish the image of the country any further, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday evolved a consensus to work together on the spot-fixing case.
After being bombarded with the case findings from PCB and FIA separately, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had directed them both earlier this week to evolve a consensus to work together.
It was also decided that PCB and FIA will assist each other in the completion of departmental, legal and criminal proceedings against those who are found guilty of corruption.
PCB will provide all relevant documents and data related to criminal proceedings against corrupt elements to FIA.
FIA will provide all forensic and related assistance to PCB for its tribunal and departmental proceedings.
It was decided that FIA’s ongoing proceedings will continue but the criminal proceedings and registration of FIR will be done after the conclusion of PCB inquiry.
FIA and PCB as per understanding will exchange actionable intelligence and related information regarding elements who are involved in spot fixing, match fixing and other corrupt practices.
Both will work with other law enforcement agencies to evolve a mechanism for rooting out corrupt practices from local tournaments. FIA and PCB will request the Ministry of Interior to help in eradicating the menace of betting by directing Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to block betting websites in Pakistan.
The interior minister had approved putting the names of five players involved in the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal on the Exit Control List.
The FIA had earlier approached the interior ministry with a request to place Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Shahzaib Hassan on the ECL in a bid to prevent them from leaving the country.
The minister had also ordered investigations against the bookies involved in the practice as well.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2017.