Britain’s National Crime Agency provided the initial intelligence that helped uncover the spot-fixing scandal in the Pakistan Super League, the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption official said on Thursday (May 18).
Sir Ronnie Flanagan, head of ICC’s anti-corruption and safety unit (ACSU) was speaking to reporters in Lahore after testifying in a case against Sharjeel Khan, who has been provisionally suspended by his board since the scandal erupted in February.
Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed, who did not feature in the tournament, have been charged with more serious offences, and face bans ranging from five years to life if found guilty.
Flanagan, head of the ACSU since 2010, said: “The inquiry was absolutely led by the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) throughout and our role was simply that before the PSL match we received intelligence that was passed to us by the British National Crime Agency.”
Sharjeel was charged for failing to report an offer to fix and for playing two dot balls in exchange for money.
Latif, whose proceedings will begin later, was charged for luring others to spot-fixing.
Flanagan added: “As chairman of the ICC’s ACSU, and I work very closely with the domestic anti-corruption units across the world, whatever is the outcome of this case, I would say that the PCB and its unit in this entire process have demonstrated a great determination to keep cricket clean.”
Sharjeel’s lawyer said Dean Jones, the former Australian batsman and Islamabad United coach; Mohammad Yousuf, the former Pakistan captain; and Sadiq Mohammad, the former Pakistan opener, would appear as witnesses for his defence next week.