PCB vows 'strict vigil' on players in Champions Trophy to avoid repeat of 2010 spot-fixing scandal

Sydney, Apr 27 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken a pledge to keep its cricketers under a strict vigil in England during the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy to avoid any repeat of the 2010 spot-fixing scandal that resulted in bans and jail for three players.

Former Pakistani captain Salman Butt along with pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer agreed to be part of deliberate no-balls at the Lord's Test against England in August 2010 in return for money in a fake deal for which the International Cricket Council (ICC) banned them for a minimum of five years and the trio was jailed by a British court in 2011, News.com.au reports.

The report further said that Aamer had pleaded guilty during the trial, but the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sports had rejected the appeals from Butt and Asif.

Stating that strict measures will be taken when the team competed in the eight-nation tournament in June, PCB chairman Mohammad Zaka Ashraf that the mistakes committed last time will not be repeated.

According to Ashraf, the board will have to form a code and will also consider whether it should be included in players' central contracts or not, adding that they have to consider Pakistan's prestige and respect, and what is paramount for the image of the country.

Ashraf further said that corruption will not be tolerated in Pakistani cricket, adding that the rehabilitation of the banned players would also start soon, following consultations with the ICC. (ANI)