Even as the focus of Pakistan Cricket should ideally be on the on-field action, an off the field incident has actually diverted attention in the last few days. As the Babar Azam-led side is currently competing in Asia Cup 2023, at least two Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official can reportedly be punished for allegedly being involved during the ongoing continental tournament played across Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It is being learnt that PCB media head Umar Farooq Kalson as well as the GM (International Cricket) Adnan Ali were spotted in a Casino in Colombo as per viral social media posts.
Under the regulations outlined in the ICC Code of Conduct, it is expressly forbidden for team members and officials to frequent any gambling establishments during the course of a tournament. Consequently, based on reports from PTI, the individuals mentioned could potentially face significant repercussions.
Despite their public statements asserting that their visit to the establishment was solely for dining purposes, this explanation has not been well-received by their supporters and has raised concerns among former cricketers. There exists the possibility that the ICC’s Anti-Corruption unit may become involved and initiate an inquiry into the matter.
Meanwhile, Pakistan are currently taking on India in the Super Four stage of Asia Cup 2023. While the match was schedule on September 10, only 24.1 overs were bowled on the day and the match was forced into the reserve day. However, the start of play even on Reserve Day was delayed due to rain and it seems like another washout is on the cards. The group-stage face off between the two teams at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy had also ended without a result on September 2.