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Match-Fixing Fears: ICC Eyes Pakistan vs. New Zealand Matches


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In the midst of the Pakistan vs. New Zealand cricket series, the International Cricket Council‘s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit has heightened its vigilance due to possibilities match-fixing concerns. In the last two matches of the series, strict measures will be taken to control such elements. ICC officials have also reached Lahore in this regard. These measures are aimed at maintaining the credibility of a gentleman’s game cricket.

History of Match-Fixing in Pakistan Cricket

Pakistan’s cricket history has been marred by allegations of match-fixing, and the current series is no exception. Whenever match-fixing allegations surface, Pakistan’s name often finds its way into the spotlight. The ICC’s close monitoring of these matches underscores the gravity of the situation and the need for decisive action to combat corruption in cricket.

Steps Taken by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)

The Pakistan Cricket Board has taken preemptive measures to address match-fixing concerns, implementing stringent protocols to safeguard the integrity of the game. Despite these efforts, past incidents have raised doubts about the effectiveness of existing measures, highlighting the persistent challenges faced in combating corruption in cricket.

Recent Incidents and Crackdown on Corruption

During the third match of the Pakistan vs. New Zealand series, two individuals were detained from the Azhar Majmod pavilion, raising suspicions of illicit activities. Similar incidents have occurred in the past, including the arrest of bookies during the Pakistan-Zimbabwe series at Rawalpindi Stadium. These incidents underscore the pervasive nature of corruption in cricket and the urgent need for concerted action to root out malpractice.

Challenges and Lack of Transparency

Efforts to seek clarification from the Pakistan Cricket Board’s official Mr. Raza, regarding recent developments have been met with silence, reflecting a lack of transparency in addressing corruption allegations. Reports of PCB officials violating international cricket protocols by engaging in unauthorized activities, further highlight the challenges in enforcing compliance and accountability within the cricketing fraternity.

Series Continues Amidst Uncertainty

Despite the cloud of suspicion looming over the series, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the remaining matches scheduled at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The outcome of these matches will be closely watched, with the hope that fair play and integrity prevail in the face of adversity.

Upholding Integrity in Cricket

As the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit maintains a watchful eye over the Pakistan vs. New Zealand series, the spotlight remains on the need to uphold the integrity of the game. While challenges persist, concerted efforts by cricketing authorities and stakeholders are essential to combatting corruption and preserving the essence of cricket as a fair and honorable sport. Only through collective action and unwavering commitment can cricket overcome the scourge of match-fixing and regain the trust of its fans worldwide.

Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Islamabad based Senior Journalist, TV Show Host, Media Trainer, can be follow on twitter @jaranwaliya

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