The Pakistan Cricket Board is working on a plan to send a “vigilance expert” with its team to England for The Champions Trophy to help ward off potential match fixers.
Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and former captain Salman Butt are serving lengthy bans after being implicated in a spot-fixing scandal during Pakistan’s last tour of England in 2010.
A PCB official told The Associated Press on Wednesday there is a proposal to send a vigilance expert to the Champions Trophy along with a security official.
“The purpose of sending a vigilance expert is to monitor the presence of any unwanted men around the team in England,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to comment on the subject.
“The vigilance officer will not be undercover and if he goes to England he will be part of the team management.”
Security manager Waseem Ahmed has been travelling with the team since being appointed soon after the spot-fixing scandal.
The PCB official also said the vigilance officer will not be tapping the phones of the players, but “ensure there’s no unwanted men coming close to the players during their stay in England.”
Pakistan start their Champions Trophy campaign against the West Indies on June 7 at The Oval with South Africa and India their other opponents in Group B. Group A consists of defending champion Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.