Pakistan cricket authorities played down a fixing offer that was made to Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, during the ongoing one-day series with Sri Lanka as their Anti-Corruption Unit was investigating the matter. The 23-year-old, who is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in just 14 months.
Sources said the man who approached the Pakistan captain is a local and had been known to the players for several years. Sarfraz, who led Pakistan to ICC Champions Trophy 2017 title triumph over India, set the right example for players across the globe. Although the hunt for the bookie in question is still on, some major developments have reportedly been made. It has been reported that Irfan look after the ground affairs of Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Interesting fact is that Irfan is a well-known figure among the cricket fraternity in UAE and Pakistan. He apparently also happens to know some members of the Pakistan cricket team, personally. As expected, he denied making such an offer and said that he "might have said something like that as a joke". PTI also revealed that the team management reset curfew timings for the players after the incident.
The incident apparently occurred in Abu Dhabi the day before Pakistan's seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third one-day worldwide on October 18.