Ahead of the fifth One-day international in Sharjah, Pakistan’s Head Coach Mickey Arthur has lavished praise on a player who according to the Pakistan media is its national team skipper and wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed. Sarfraz informed Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Anti-Corruption Committee (ACU) regarding the approach from a bookie.
Sportzwiki learnt Sarfraz was approached by an unnamed man who is working on the set-up of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and he further providing the bowlers in the nets at the stadium to distinct teams.
“To be honest the player reacted unbelievably well,” Arthur was quoted as saying by AFP while briefing the media gathering at the historic Sharjah Stadium in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
After rejecting the lucrative offer, Sarfraz disclosed the interaction with the national board while recording his statement which was eventually hailed by the former cricketers.
So much so, on October 21, the PCB confirmed the player was approached by an international business syndicate, as Sarfraz was reportedly shopping with his family in a Dubai-based shopping plaza.
The 49-year-old Johannesburg-born Arthur stated the response from the middle-order batsman Sarfraz has set a massive example for the team and the world cricket in a nutshell.
“It was handled brilliantly and I think that is a real example to our team and to the cricket world,” Arthur maintained.
A player was approached. As per rules he immediately reported to PCB who informed ICC. Matters are jointly in hand. No further comment.
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Arthur, who recently was with the Men in Green to lift the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales, further expressed his delight by witnessing a senior campaigner in the side considering the law for his timelier report of the corruption approach before Lahore-based ACU.
“[The] really important player was approached and acted to the letter of the law,” Arthur added.
Arthur, who has been a bold and brash character, admitted the fact by saying Sarfraz is the real emissary for the game of cricket when lucrative money has forced professionals to fall prey.
“[He] did exceptionally well as a true ambassador of the game,” Arthur further added.
With Pakistan already having an unassailable lead of 4-0, the ODI series will further culminate with the game on October 23, as the world cricket governing body International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption committee is thoroughly investigating the matter alongside PCB’s ACU.
In the similar incident, if a player would fail to report the corruption approach before respective boards, the rule suggests a player would be banned for the minimum of six months owing to the Code of Conduct.
“I am very comfortable with our players, they are outstanding and they are intelligent young men and individuals.” Arthur asserted.
In February this year, after international booking syndicate approached the players during the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The professional domestic competition subsequently saw bowling all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz and lanky fast bowler Mohammad Irfan facing the ban of six months and three months respectively.
“I have no doubt that if anyone is approached they will do the same way as the individual did,” Arthur concluded.
The duo failed to report the approaches from the bookers.
However, playing for PSL franchise Islamabad United Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were banned for five years, as US$10,000 fine was slapped on the latter.