Another Pakistani player bites the dust as Britain National Crime Agency arrested Pakistan’s star opening batsman Nasir Jamshed and then released him on bail into an alleged spot-fixing case. This has been the second instance this month when Pakistan players have been booked under corruption charges. Earlier this month, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were booked under corruption charges during Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017.
According to a leading news-publishing website, British Agency made the arrest on February 13, along with two others who have not been named yet. The arrest also included a suspect named Yousuf under PSL 2017 spot-fixing matter.
According to the Agency’s press statement, “Two men in their thirties have been arrested by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers in connection with bribery offences as part of an ongoing investigation into international cricket match spot-fixing.”
Pakistan cricket fans took to Twitter to express their emotions on the series of events after Nasir Jamshed’s suspension tweet.
PCB has provisionally suspended Nasir Jamshed from all forms of cricket for violating its anti-corruption code @TheRealPCB
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) February 13, 2017
— Allamdar Pirzada (@PirzadaAllamdar) February 13, 2017
Recently, former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi revealed his disappointment over players resorting to corruption in order to fill their pockets. He wanted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take strict actions against corrupted players and set an example for others who intend to indulge in such matters.
Do u have any respect if it comes true what u hv done damaged the psl .
— Babar Masood Khan (@BabarMasoodKha1) February 14, 2017
— ISIS (@Razmian1808) February 14, 2017
The British Agency also revealed that they have been getting support from International Cricket Council (ICC) and PCB in investigating corruption in the ongoing PSL 2017.
Jamshed was suspended by PCB’s Executive Committee Chairman, Najam Sethi from playing in all forms of cricket a day before his arrest. Jamshed was suspended after violating PCB’s anti-corruption code.
Pakistani all-rounder and PSL franchise Peshwa Zalmi’s skipper Afridi wanted PCB to ban tainted players for life. Last year, Mohammad Amir made a comeback into Pakistan side on England tour after six years. Amir was found guilty under spot-fixing charge.