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Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed and another unidentified man have been arrested in the United Kingdom in connection to the ongoing investigation into the corruption scandal in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The National Crime Agency confirmed the arrests and added that they were working with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and International Cricket Council (ICC).
“Two men in their thirties have been arrested by National Crime Agency officers in connection with bribery offences as part of an ongoing investigation into international cricket match spot-fixing,” the National Crime Agency statement said. “The men were arrested on Monday 13 February and have been released on bail until April 2017 pending further enquiries.
“As part of the ongoing investigation we are working closely with the Pakistan Cricket Board and International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption units. The Pakistan Cricket Board has launched its own investigation which has resulted in the suspension of three players.”
Jamshed, who has fallen out of favour with the national selectors, was arrested on the same day he was provisionally suspended by the PCB. He was the third player to be sanctioned by the board after Islamabad United duo Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif.
“We had a lot of evidence on which we based our decision,” PSL chairman Najam Sehi said on his talk show on Geo TV. “We know what we are doing. We have all evidence. We had this for a while, we had information – we cannot talk about stuff right now but a charge sheet will be given to players soon.
“We had definite information, and not just us, we were collecting it. We knew it was happening, we had identified a few players and then at final stages we knew the ICC had some information as well and when we compared it the information was the same, then we decided to act on this.”
Sethi also shed light on the fact that the investigation into the corruption scandal began prior to the start of the second edition of the PSL.
“You will know in 3-4 days what the plans were, what they were going to do, we have these players’ phones in which there is more information,” he said. “Who they were in touch with, what they talked about, their text messages, WhatsApp messages.
“We had an idea this was happening. We had also infiltrated into Pakistani bookies and we had some information from there as well before we got here. The league was huge last year and we knew it would attract bookies. We were waiting for it and we knew some players outside the PSL would be involved in it.
“We suspended Nasir Jamshed as well, about whom we know what role he played. We nipped it in the bud.”