Islamabad United coach and former Australian cricketer Dean Jones stated he was extraordinarily disheartened when he discovered that three United gamers have been being questioned over their alleged involvement within the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) 2017 spot-fixing scandal.
Nevertheless, he added that if gamers “can’t or won’t [follow the rules], properly, they deserve what they get.”
Chatting with DawnNews from Colombo by way of phone, Jones remarked that because the defending champions this season, the complete staff had affected by the spot-fixing scandal.
“It was an terrible time… It actually harm us,” he stated.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) suspended Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif underneath its Anti-Corruption Code as a part of an ongoing investigation into a world syndicate believed to be trying to deprave the PSL. All three gamers have been a part of the Islamabad United group within the second version of the PSL.
Jones regretted that though gamers are educated repeatedly concerning the guidelines, these incidents proceed to occur.
“We maintain educating gamers and advising gamers that in case you have been approached, you should, you have to ─ non-negotiable ─ you will need to notify the [relevant] authorities,” the coach emphasised.
He additional burdened that “regardless of how absurd or how silly” a suspected bookie’s strategy is, gamers should inform the related authorities.
Jones stated that he’s not conscious of the small print of allegations towards Khan, Latif and Irfan. However he stated that if gamers don’t abide by the principles, they need to put together to face the music.
He defined that he had the identical views relating to expenses towards West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell who was banned for a doping rule violation by the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) earlier this yr.
“I had the [same] drawback with Andre Russell, that he is being charged for a doping violation [because] he didn’t notify WADA [about] the place he is going,” the Islamabad United coach stated.
“Now how far more info [can we give], how far more can we do as a coach, as a franchise to teach gamers that they need to abide by the principles,” Jones added, saying if the gamers are nonetheless “being flippant about them or ignoring them, they may get harm badly”.
“And that is what is occurring,” he added.
When requested whether or not Irfan, who was with him all through the event, had given him any details about being approached by bookies, Jones stated that it isn’t his job to ask about this stuff.
“It is the ACU’s position and PCB’s position to ask questions like that. My position is to make it possible for he performs properly for Islamabad,” the coach added.
Jones stated his position is to teach gamers and inform them of which authorities they need to report their considerations or violations to.
“We will not do any greater than that. It isn’t my position. My position is to teach.”
Based on a PCB official, there’s some proof towards Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, therefore they have been despatched again from the PSL, whereas sure different gamers who have been questioned and cautioned by the PCB’s ACU have been allowed to proceed enjoying the PSL as there was no proof towards them.
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