PCB to have security manger for transparency

Published: Sunday, June 13, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it will appoint its own manager for security and anti-corruption to control the game in the best possible manner.

"The security and anti-corruption manager will liaise with the officials of the Anti-corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) as per the requirement, PCB chief executive Ramiz Raja said on Sunday.

"It will allow us to control the game in a transparent manner," he added.

"A retired qualified intelligence armed forces or police officer will be preferred who would be required to constantly interact with Government agencies and ICC's ACSU."

ICC was forced to form the wing, the ACSU, after match fixing allegations rocked the game following late former South African captain Hansie Cronje's confession of taking money from bookmakers in 2000.

Cronje, who died in a plane crash in June 2002, was one of three captains to be banned for life over charges of corruption.

Former Pakistan captain Salim Malik and India's Mohammad Azharuddin are also serving life bans following match fixing inquiries in their countries.

Pakistan had to conduct two match fixing inquiries between 1998-2000 to investigate allegations of match fixing and six of its leading players - Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saeed Anwar, Mushtaq Ahmed, Akram Raza and current captain Inzamam-ul Haq - were fined.

"We have suffered a lot due to the allegations and this would be an attempt to not subject our players to more inquiries," said Raja.

Two years ago, ICC appointed five security managers who keep a check on international teams in an attempt to curb the match fixing and break the nexus of the book makers.

Despite the efforts against the menace, the ICC admitted match fixing has not finished but it is under control.

Raja, however, denied PCB's fears over match fixing led to the security manager's appointment.

"I don't look at it this way but our aim is to have a better liasion with the ACSU and have transparency at domestic level," he said.

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