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Two Pakistani cricket officials visit to Colombo casino comes under scanner

By: Staff Writer

Colombo (LNW):Two Pakistani cricket officials are under the strict scrutiny of cricket authorities following allegations of visiting a Sri Lankan casino during their stay in the island to attend the Asia cup matches in Colombo, PTI reported.

It was highlighted in international media including the Deccan Herald and the the Times of India

Many Pakistani fans on social media questioned how officials of the Pakistani Cricket Board PCB could be so “immature” and “careless” as to indulge in gambling, it added.

Pakistan team’s current media manager Umar Farooq Kalson and board’s GM (International Cricket) Adnan Ali are under scanner after pictures and video footage emerged of the duo visiting a Colombo casino.

Both are in Colombo in official capacity as a part of the Pakistani contingent for the ongoing Asia Cup and visiting a gambling den is sure to attract attention of ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit as it is one of the prohibited places as per code of conduc, PTI disclosed.

Pakistan’s Captain Babar Azam in a conversation with umpires Chris Gaffaney and Ruchira Palliyagurugeare after rain stops play (ANI)

Many Pakistani fans on social media questioned how officials of the PCB could be so “immature” and “careless” as to indulge in gambling. Many criticised the trend of many PCB officials going on to Colombo during the Asia Cup on official visits.

A PCB source said that at least 15-20 PCB officials had travelled to and from between Colombo and Lahore while some were stationed there permanently as Pakistan was the official host of the Asia Cup.

After some Pakistani news channels ran headlines, the two officials in the Casino later clarified that they had only gone to the Casino to have dinner, a claim ridiculed by all and sundry on social media and also by some former test players.

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