No Contact Between Pakistanis And Bookmakers - ICC

No Contact Between Pakistanis And Bookmakers - ICC
No Contact Between Pakistanis And Bookmakers - ICC
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has dismissed reports that Pakistan players had come into contact with bookmakers during their ongoing tour of Sri Lanka.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reported suspicions to the ICC after it was reported that bookmakers were staying on the same floor as the team, prompting the ICC to send its Anti-Corruption & Security Unit (ACSU) to Sri Lanka to investigate.

Following this investigation, the ICC revealed that the allegations were baseless and without evidence.

“The ICC and its members have a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and rightly so because the integrity of our great sport with its great spirit is one of its greatest assets," ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.

“On that basis it is entirely appropriate that any suggestions in relation to that subject are always reported to and properly investigated by the ACSU.

“I am pleased those investigations have indicated nothing untoward has taken place on this occasion but it is a reminder that all of us – players, officials and supporters – must maintain our vigilance to ensure we remain on top of the issue of corruption.”

Sri Lanka won the three-match Test series 2-0 and followed that up with a 3-2 success in the One-Day International series. The two sides meet in a Twenty20 International on Wednesday (12th August).

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