Pakistani held in Bangladesh for spot-fixing

Pakistani held in Bangladesh for spot-fixing

By: || Updated: 01 Jan 1970 12:00 AM

Dhaka: The cloud of
match-fixing is hovering over the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League and
a player is under the scanner after the arrest of a Pakistani man last
night due to "suspicious activities".

Sajid Khan was arrested
when he was trying to have access to players` zone during the Chittagong
Kings match against Barisal Burners at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium
in Mirpur on Sunday evening.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)
security staff had stopped him near the players` zone and then handed him
over to the Police.

It has been reported that the security
officers found the bank account number of one player of the Chittagong
Kings and the e-mail address of another who is playing for the Dhaka
Gladiators in Sajid`s mobile inbox.

The BCB security chief, Col
(rtd) Mesbahuddin Serniabat, said they were keeping an eye on Sajid since
the matches held in Chittagong.

"His movement was very suspicious
and we followed him from Chittagong," he said.

BCB media
committee chairman Jalal Yunus said, "He has been handed over to the
police so the investigation is now in their hands. The BCB has zero
tolerance in this matter and I hope we get to the bottom of this."

official of the Chittagong franchise, requesting anonymity, told a cricket
portal that Sajid had been found talking to some of their foreign players
during the tournament.

Sajib was seen sitting in stands just
above the players` dugout and dressing room during the matches held in

The incident occurs just over two weeks after Dhaka
Gladiators captain Mashrafe Mortaza reported to his franchise that he had
been approached by a fellow cricketer regarding potential spot-fixing
during the BPL.

The BCB has formed a four-member committee to
inquire into the allegation.

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