International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption chief Alex Marshall has revealed that five international captains have been approached over the last 12 months with four of them from Test playing nations. Also Read - Bhuvneshwar Kumar Pips Rashid Khan And Sean Williams to Claim ICC Player of The Month Award
“There have been 32 investigations in the last 12 months, eight involve players as suspects. Five of them involve administrators or non-playing personnel. Three of these individuals have been charged. Five internationals captains have also reported receiving approaches to spot-fix,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Marshall as saying at an event in Dubai. Also Read - Have Plan B For Upcoming T20 World Cup in India But Proceedings as Planned Now: ICC Interim CEO
This revelation came after Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad reported a spot-fixing approach for the upcoming Afghan Premier T20 League to be held in Sharjah from October 5-23. Also Read - Batting Legend Rahul Dravid to Speak at MIT Sports Analytics Conference
Shahzad, who is currently part of the team playing in Asia Cup, promptly reported the approach to the team management before the matter was raised with the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, reported ESPNcricinfo on Monday.
“There was an approach made during the Asia Cup, but for their (Afghanistan’s) own T20 league,” an ICC official was quoted as saying by the website.
“The matter was reported through the right channels on Saturday and is being looked into by the anti-corruption unit,” the official added.
Shazad is an integral part of the Afghanistan team, having played 75 ODIs, 65 T20s and the country’s only Test which they played against India in June.
(With PTI inputs)