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Sarfraz Nawaz Receives ‘Death Threat’ from Illegal Bookmakers 

Sarfraz Nawaz Receives ‘Death Threat’ from Illegal Bookmakers
Nawaz made his international debut in 1969 against England at Karachi. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons on Friday went on to complain the illegal bookmakers, who threatened his life for asking him not speak against the bookie mafias.

According to the report published in Dawn, the First Investigation Report (FIR) was handed over to the concerned police in Islamabad.

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Nawaz also lambasted PCB after the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) was hit by spot-fixing saga in February this year. Photo Credit: Google/Web.

(Read Also: Sarfraz Ahmed Laments Losing Sharjeel Khan to PSL Spot-Fixing)

In a startling revelation, Nawaz pointed in FIR that his car was stopped when he was returning home alongside his friend following the court proceedings as a witness on October 13.

The 68-year-old Lahore-born – Nawaz remarked he was asked not to speak about the players and the board at first instance else he is bound to face the dire consequences.

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Two Pakistan national players Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan were banned for five years respectively. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Moreover, Nawaz asserted his wife and children is being put under threat as two unidentified men carrying weapons further warned him to not give statements in the apex body against the bookies.

After filing the complaint with police, Nawaz further asked for security while revealing they could try to harm him anytime.

However, the protection is being discussed thoroughly with senior officials for Sarfraz, who already informed the Industrial Area of Islamabad’s assistant commissioner regarding the grave matter.

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Nawaz played 55 Tests and 45 ODIs for Pakistan which saw him collecting 240 wickets across formats. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Termed as attention ‘seeker,’ Nawaz in the recent past has been vocal to speak against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and went on to criticise the players who failed to perform while donning the national jersey.

Pertinently, according to the FIR, Nawaz revealed he had become the soft target of an international business syndicate who are trying to corrupt the gentleman’s game.

While being adamant in approach and for speaking against the bookmakers and over social media platforms Nawaz stated it had been the sole reason for him to take a matter of bookmakers in court.

While making his appearances on television, Sarfraz has further warned the bookies for maligning the game of cricket.

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When Pakistan’s head hung in shame following infamous no-balls at iconic Lord’s in 2010. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The former Test bowler has been a whistleblower in the spot-fixing scandal which had brought a lousy image to the cricketing country like Pakistan which included the infamous 2010 Lord’s saga when former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir faced the five-year sentence.

In the similar episode in 2010, Nawaz received a death threat from unknown men when he was intercepted around a famous jogging park of Kachnar, located in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.

Concluding, Nawaz has been giving his statements before the judges and additional session judges, in a bid to fight against the menace of the fixing, as PCB has already taken a firm action to eradicate the fixing scandals by pronouncing severe punishments for the culprits.

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