For what has long been labelled as the gentleman’s game, cricket as a sport has overcome its fair share of demons in the past. From on-field altercations between the players to unsporting play, the game of cricket has seen it all. But, amongst them all, match-fixing continues to be the biggest demon which has persistently threatened to malign the sport.
Whether it was Hansie Cronje or Salman Butt, the cases of match-fixing has undeniably brought a bad name to international cricket in the past. While some cricketers get persuaded by monetary gains, others gamble their career hoping they’ll never be caught.
However, amongst those black sheeps, there are cricketers like Sarfraz Ahmed who understand the true meaning of representing your country on the international level. While his former teammates like Butt and Mohammed Asif fell prey to match-fixing, the Pakistani captain led from the front when he thwarted the advances of a bookmaker in Dubai.
Safraz is the most honest player in world cricket and the best captain.
— عین (@Pr1ncess17) October 21, 2017
He disclosed he was approached by a bookie who offered him a lucrative deal during the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka. However, instead of falling for easy money, Sarfraz reported the matter to the anti-corruption and security unit officials.
“The matter has been handled as per standard procedure but there is a lot of respect for Sarfraz, who as a captain and player, has set a great example for his teammates on how to avoid attempts to corrupt the game,” an official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed.
@SarfarazA_54 we proud of you captain.
— Hassan Raza (@hRaza_S) October 21, 2017
“ICC rules don’t allow us to name player (s) in such cases where approaches are reported but yes Sarfraz got an offer and he immediately reported the matter to the concerned officials, who have taken appropriate action,” he added.
Incidentally the man who made the verbal offer to the Pakistani captain is based in Dubai and is learnt to be known to the players.
He approached the wrong guy. Our captain is very honest MA. Well done saifi bhai!👍May Allah bless u more!😊
— ❤HASAN ALI FC❤ (@YasraHere) October 21, 2017
An official in the PCB said that the team management has increased vigilance of players and reset curfew timings.
“On the insistence of head coach Mickey Arthur, there was a bit of relaxation for the players during the ongoing series in the UAE and they were allowed to meet friends and go out for shopping and dinners but now strict procedures and timings have been enforced again,” the official said.
Thats why Sarfaraz is my favorite player ever. He loves his country and is a patriot. Also, he is a great leader! @SarfarazA_54 .
— Fahad Ali Malik (@FahadAliMalik_) October 21, 2017
The PCB had already changed the hotel of the national team in Dubai following the PSL spot-fixing scandal earlier this February which rocked Pakistan cricket. The PCB’s anti-corruption tribunal banned Sharjeel and Khalid for five years after both were found guilty of beaching anti-corruption code during the PSL and were sent back home from Dubai.
Source of news : Mensxp