3 Dec 2011

Pakistan cricket to set up anti-corruption wing

2:01 pm on 3 December 2011

Pakistan's Cricket Board will set up a new wing to fight corruption in the sport and ensure security for visiting teams.

Subhan Ahmad, the chief operating officer of the board, says PCB members were keen to avoid another corruption scandal after players Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were sent to jail by a London court last month for spot-fixing elements of a Test match.

The spot-fixing scandal was the biggest crisis to hit Pakistan cricket since foreign teams refused to tour Pakistan after militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009, killing six policemen and a van driver.

Five Sri Lankan players were also wounded in the attack.

Ahmad says the new security and vigilance wing would also be responsible for working with international security experts and the International Cricket Council on security matters as Pakistan was keen to revive international cricket in the country.

Pakistan have been playing "home" Tests in the Gulf region because of the security concerns in their own country.

Ahmad says officials of the new wing would travel with the Pakistan team on foreign tours.

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf also says the board would ask the government to pass a law making any sort of corruption in sport a serious criminal offence.