Pakistan says bookies’ case reported to ICC

KARACHI, August 1, 2009 (AFP) – Pakistan’s cricket board said Saturday it had made a report to the sport’s governing body about bookmakers trying to approach players during its ongoing tour in Sri Lanka. The move followed a report in Pakistan’s leading Urdu daily “Express” earlier this week alleging bookmakers were seen trying to make contact with Pakistani players in their Colombo hotel during the second Test against Sri Lanka.

“The matter was reported to the official of the ICC (International Cricket Council) in Sri Lanka and they took some urgent steps,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement.

Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed confirmed the presence of some “unwanted people” who tried to approach players in the team hotel.

“There were some people who wanted to meet the players and invited them for tea but the players reported the matter to us and we told them not to meet any unwanted people,” Saeed told AFP from Colombo.

The PCB said the team management reported the matter to the ICC’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

“Match fixing in all the ICC matches is monitored by the ICC. Currently there are one or two senior staff of the ACSU in Sri Lanka