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Sarfraz Nawaz, former Pakistan pacer, lodges complaint for getting death threats

Sarfraz Nawaz has claimed that he has been receiving death threats from the bookies for raising his voice against corruption in Pakistan cricket.

cricket Updated: Oct 21, 2017 14:12 IST
Press Trust of India
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Sarfraz Nawaz represented Pakistan in 55 Tests and 45 ODIs. (Getty Images )

Sarfraz Nawaz, former Pakistan fast bowler, has filed a complaint with the police for getting death threats from the bookies and asked for a round-the-clock protection.

Nawaz, 68, has been very vocal about Pakistan cricketers and officials links with the top bookmakers and gamblers, in the print and electronic media. He has also filed cases in courts on match and spot-fixing.

However, he has never been able to substantiate his claims.

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Nawaz, on Friday, lodged a complaint with the police in his hometown Islamabad that bookies had threatened him.

“He has now requested for police protection and security for himself and his family and the matter is with the high-ups now,” a senior police official in Islamabad said.

According to Nawaz, he was returning with a friend after recording statements in the courts of additional sessions judges on October 13 when their car was intercepted by an unknown vehicle.

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The report says that two men came out from the vehicle and pulled out weapons. One of the men remained in front of the car while the other is said to have approached Nawaz and warned him to stop giving statements against the PCB, players and bookies and to stop pursuing cases in courts.

The pacer, who took 177 Test and 63 One-day International wickets, had filed a similar complaint seven years back.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had earlier got a restraining order, issued by a court, which stops Nawaz from making allegations against the PCB officials in the media.

First Published: Oct 21, 2017 14:00 IST