PSL: Alleged betting scam involving players and officials surface
ISLAMABAD - An alleged betting scam involving former Pakistan cricketers and officials that took place during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has surfaced.
According to a report published in the Daily Express, a couple of former Pakistan cricketers colluded with a regional officer to form a betting company, using the name of a particular PSL franchise as bait. They lured possible betting clients by giving them confidence that they had people inside the franchise —including a coach and a team official — assisting them.
The company claimed that it had dispatched expensive cars and watches to the players as a part of their fool-proof plan. The people who placed bets were assured that the team would lose its first couple of matches, a claim that gained more credence when the team lost its first match — resulting in more bets. But the plan went south as soon as the team went on to win in their next match.
This prompted heavy backlash from the people who lost their money and some of them contacted the team management over the matter. The franchise officials were surprised to hear about such claims and denied any sort of involvement in the fraudulent scheme.
Upon hearing this, the franchise reported this issue to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption unit (ACU) but it could not confirm whether further action was taken on the matter or not.
“We reported the incident to PCB’s ACU as soon as we heard about it but are not aware about the progress made by the board in this regard,” said an official of the franchise.
One of the cricketers involved in the scam has been reportedly involved in various different spot-fixing scandals while the other makes regular appearances on various TV channels as a cricket expert.
Meanwhile, director of PCB’s security and ACU Col (retd) Mohammad Azam said that he had no information regarding the creation of such a company.