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Pakistan Cricket Board to beef up security for third season of PSL 

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to increase surveillance and introduce tougher regulations for players and officials of the six franchises in a bid to avoid the spot-fixing scandal that hit the second edition of PSL last year.

cricket Updated: Jan 27, 2018 13:48 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Karachi
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Peshawar Zalmi won the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). (Reuters )

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will step up security arrangements of players and officials during the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to be held in Dubai and Sharjah from February 22. (IPL AUCTION UPDATES)

The decision to increase surveillance and introduce tougher regulations for players and officials of the six franchises were taken in a bid to avoid the spot-fixing scandal that hit the second edition of PSL last year.

The scandal led to five-year bans of Pakistan batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif and also temporary suspensions of other national team players Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan, Mohammad Nawaz and Nasir Jamshed.

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“We have decided to appoint two more integrity officers to be deputed in the PSL,” one source in the PCB said.

The PCB has already placed advertisements for the appointment of integrity officers for two months to beef up security and vigilance of teams during the PSL.

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The source said the PCB had also changed the hotel where the franchises and officials used to stay in the first two editions of the PSL.

“A new hotel has been selected and negotiations are on. There will also be stricter curfew timings for the players and they will be advised to restrict their interaction with people and social activities,” the source said.

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Last year Sharjeel and Khalid met suspected bookmaker at the team hotel that is located in a busy commercial area of Dubai.

The source said that the PCB is keen to restore a clean image of the PSL which has become a successful brand now.

First Published: Jan 27, 2018 13:41 IST