PM Imran Khan has approved draft to make match-fixing a criminal offence: Pakistan Cricket Board

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also the patron-in-chief of the country’s cricket board, has approved the PCB’s plan to revise its anti-corruption code and make match-fixing a criminal offence.

The green signal came when PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani met Khan earlier this week where the premier also gave the clearance for the national team to tour England despite the Covid-19 pandemic, a Pakistan Cricket Board official was quoted as saying by PTI.

“Imran supported the draft copy of the new laws and advised Mani to get it cleared by the Law and other relevant ministries so that it can be tabled in the parliament and become a written law,” the official said.

Under the new code, the board intends to criminalise match-fixing and spot-fixing and also specify punishments for offenders, including jail time.

“The new laws would give the PCB’s Anti-Corruption and security unit the power to not only probe money trails and assets off players/officials/persons but also carry out raids where required and file criminal cases,” the official said.

“Under the new laws, proven offenders will serve jail time plus the board will get powers to probe all assets and money trails of any player it suspects of being involved in corruption,” he added.

Until now, the PCB has implemented the…

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