PCB vigilance wing monitoring team

Three security officers are with the team for the World Twenty20.


Colombo: The Pakistan team here is under surveillance 24X7. Every evening a report on their daily activities is sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

"We have set-up a vigilance division to keep a check on our players. Its officers are now travelling with team. Every day they send a report to our security and vigilance division head. If the division feels that there's something I should must know, it sends me copy of the report," PCB chairman Muhammad Zaka Ashraf told HT.

Three security officers, said to have strong credentials with different law enforcement agencies, are here with the team for the World Twenty20.

"These officers are to make sure that our players do not meet or interact with unknown people. We have introduced a very tough code of conduct. There is a curfew hour in the evening. You can see the results yourself. The team is now very disciplined and because of that, it is doing well," said Ashraf, a banker and industrialist.

More than its star-studded team, Pakistan cricketers were hitherto easily accessible to the Indian media. Right-arm fast Umer Gul's response to this correspondent shows how things have changed.

"Bhai Jann, hamey kisi say bhi batt karney ki mannahi hai," (brother, we are not allowed to speak to anyone)," the soft-spoken Gul said.

In February 2011, an International Cricket Council tribunal banned Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir on charges of fixing.

All three players took money from a Pakistani origin British bookie for deliberate no-balls during the fourth Test between Pakistan and England at Lord's in 2010.

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