Flanagan: NCA tip-off led to PSL corruption probe

“Before the PSL match we received intelligence that was passed to us by the British National Crime Agency”

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Sir Ronnie Flanagan, head of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption and safety unit (ACSU), has revealed that intelligence passed on by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) spearheaded the corruption investigation into the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The investigation has indicted a number of Pakistan cricketers, including left-arm seamer Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz, who have been banned for 12 and two months respectively as they both failed to report an approach.

However, Irfan can return in six months and Nawaz in a month if they meet certain guidelines set by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

As for Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed, they all face more serious charges and are set to receive lengthier bans.

According to reports, Sharjeel was charged for failing to report an approach and for taking money to play two dot balls.

Latif, meanwhile, allegedly attempted to lure other players into the corrupt activities.

“The inquiry was absolutely led by the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) throughout and our role was simply that before the PSL match we received intelligence that was passed to us by the British National Crime Agency,” Flanagan said.

“As chairman of the ICC’s ACSU and I work very closely with the domestic anti-corruption units across the world, whatever is the outcome of this case, I would say that the PCB and its unit in this entire process have demonstrated a great determination to keep cricket clean.”

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