‘How can PCB stop corruption if players are greedy’, asks clueless Shaharyar

Shaharyar Khan
Shaharyar Khan looked clueless. — AFP/File
Shukriya Pakistan

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan seemed clueless when asked about ways  corrupt activities can be eradicated from the country’s cricketing scenario.

The former diplomat said the board has made all the efforts it can to clean the game but it’s all down to the players who become ‘greedy’.

“How can we stop corruption if the players are greedy,” said Shaharyar during a press conference on Thursday.

“We have done everything to stop it. We keep briefing the players to stay away from suspicious people.”

“What else can we do?” questioned Shaharyar.

Pakistan cricket’s reputation received yet another blow when five players were found allegedly involved in spot-fixing during the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) second season earlier this year.

The players namely Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed came under fire and are currently suspended and going through interrogations by the PCB Anti-corruption Unit and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Irfan, however, admitted on Wednesday that he was failed to report approaches by book-makers during the PSL. The lanky-pacer was slammed with a one-year ban after the admission.

Shaharyar believed the Anti-corruption unit has worked well and cannot do more to stop players from getting tempted by book-makers.

“PCB always advices players to report approaches by book-makers and also provides them protection if needed,” he said.