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Latif conceded that Bhatt has been visiting the PCB since 2005
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has revealed that Indian bookmaker Annu Bhatt, who was indicted in the Danish Kaneria match-fixing scandal, is a frequent visitor of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
However, according to Latif, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) is still yet to prove that Bhatt was the bookmaker involved in the Kaneria scandal.
“There are glaring ambiguities in the case/evidence prepared against Danish by the ECB,” Latif said. “One of them is that the ECB has described Annu Bhatt as the Indian bookie, associated with Kaneria, but I have not found his name in the list of established India bookmakers.”
Latif also noted that Bhatt has been visiting the PCB since 2005.
“He was a guest of the PCB when India and England toured Pakistan in 2005 and 2006 respectively, and he [Annu] stayed in Pakistan as PCB’s guest on both the occasions,” Latif claimed. “Even afterwards Annu Bhatt toured with the Pakistan team to Sri Lanka, South Africa and the West Indies.”
Speaking about Kaneria, who was banned for life after allegedly fixing a match between Essex and Durham in 2009, Latif stated that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had victimised the former leg-spinner.
Bhatt was also indicted in the investigation after the ECB panel found that he had contacted Kaneria and messaged him throughout 2009 and 2010.
The ECB charged the Indian bookmaker for trying to lure other players into match-fixing.