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Cricket fan held in Bangladesh over spot-fixing

27 February, 2012

DHAKA: A Pakistani has been questioned by police over his suspected involvement in spot-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 tournament, a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official said on Sunday.

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Karachi resident Sajid Khan arrived in Dhaka on Feb 10 and BCB security chief Mesbahuddin Serniabat said they had been watching him since the BPL's Chittagong phase from Feb 18-22.

“His movement was very suspicious and we followed him from Chittagong,” Serniabat said. “We immediately took him to the visiting ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit official before handing him over to police.”

Sajid made a call to Pakistan every time a six was struck while watching the game from a VIP area on top of a dressing room, Serniabat said. He also attempted to enter the players' zone on several occasions.

Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza alleged three weeks ago that he was approached by a former cricketer over spot-fixing.

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