T20 World Cup: Pakistan players asked to limit use of social media

The bookies have started leveraging social media to approach players following ICC's increased security for international events

T20 World Cup: Pakistan players asked to limit use of social media PHOTO COURTESY: Twitter / Hasan Ali

The Pakistani players have been advised to limit their social media usage during the upcoming T20 World Cup to eliminate the possibility of any interactions with bookies.

The cricket World Cup is arguably one of the biggest global events and players were given instructions on how to diffuse troublesome situations especially related to spot-fixing and match-fixing.

The cricket team was shown an anti-corruption lecture, which was translated into Urdu, to showcase how bookies get access to the players. The case of former South African Gulam Bodi was also discussed and how he was given a five-year sentence.

After a number of high-profile cases, the ICC and individual cricketing boards amped up their efforts to eradicate match-fixing from the game, which led to higher scrutiny and increased security. This, however, caused a huge problem to the bookies who then turned to social media to approach the players.

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The players have also been requested to post things on their social media which are only related to cricket whether it is thoughts on the game played or appreciation of a teammate.

In order to ensure there is no leak of personal data, the players were also told not to buy old or second-hand phones. Moreover, using iPhone over Android was also recommended.

Players are advised to contact the board immediately if any bookie approaches them or if any player is involved in any suspicious activity.

The T20 World Cup commences from October 17 and Pakistan will face their fierce rivals India in the first match of their mega event campaign on October 24.