PCB monitoring players during T20 WC to avoid another spot-fixing fiasco

      The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is keeping a close eye on its players during the ongoing Twenty20 World in a bid to ensure there is no repeat of any kind of spot-fixing scandal. Pakistani players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed in 2011 for bowling deliberate no balls in a Test match.

Former captain Butt received a 10-year ban, five suspended, Asif seven years - two suspended - and Amir five But, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has claimed they have taken enough steps to chop down any probability of repeating the disgraceful spot-fixing scandal. "No player is allowed to meet any suspicious or unknown person on the tour," the BBC quoted Ashraf, as saying. "We have constituted a security wing in Pakistan to monitor daily reports sent by officers accompanying the team," he added.

Coach Dav Whatmore and his squad have not been interacting with supporters in their hotel in Sri Lanka or at net practice sessions, and they are also refusing to speak to anyone without the permission of Pakistan 's media manager. Ashraf added: "There is a curfew hour for players in the evening. One can see the results. The team has been doing quite well."

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