By Shahid Hashmi
In a major development to the spot-fixing case, the head of International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Safety Unit (ACSU) Sir Ronie Flanagan will appear before the tribunal as a witness in the ongoing investigation.
The appearance of global body’s unit is significant in the case and proves ICC’s involvement in the case and the fact that ICC had given the lead up in the Pakistan Super League case.
“Sir Flanagan will appear as PCB’s witness in the ongoing investigation and that will be the most serious thing in the case,” said a source in the PCB.
Sources said Flanagan’s statement will be crucial in the proceedings as his presence will put a lot of weight and he is also due to tell the tribunal about how the ICC sleuths were in the knowledge of some bookies in contact with pakistan players since the tour of England followed by the tour to Australia.
Flanagan had replaced another former senior British policeman Lord Paul Condon, in May 2010.
Flanagan was then Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and was previously the head of the police force in Northern Ireland from 1996 until 2002.
ICC had been using a delicate software which informs them of bookies contact with any international players as the phones record of every player is with the global body these days.