Police nab five PSL’s most wanted gamblers

KARACHI: Police on Friday claimed top nave apprehended five most wanted gamblers of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the metropolis.

According to sources, the Special Investigation Unit on a tip-off about the presence of three gangs involved in gambling conducted a targeted raid at a house near Karachi’s Khalid Bin Waleed Road and arrested five gamblers.

The arrested gamblers include Waqas alias Vicky, Farhan, Nasir, Muhammad Ali alias Pando and Yasin.

Police also seized laptops, cell phones, weapons, and drugs from the suspects’ possession. Waqas alias Vicky has been gambling through software for the last 14 years, the police added.

Police said Waqas alias Vicky is the nephew of notorious gambler Abdul Qadir alias ‘Bhoot’ currently living in Dubai. The Dubai police also raided Abdul Qadir’s casino in Dubai during which other bookies were also arrested in 2018.

Police said three other suspects Farhan, Nasir, and Mohammad have also been gambling through software for the last nine years. Yasin is reportedly a relative of notorious gamblers Aftab Mithani and Qadir Mithani.

It is worth mentioning here the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been postponed with immediate effect due to the rising number of coronavirus cases.

The decision was made after a meeting between the organizing committee with the team owners. It was decided to postpone the PSL considering that the health and wellbeing of all participants are paramount.

The decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition which started on February 20. The PCB, as an immediate step, will focus on the safe and secure passage of all participants, and arrange repeat PCR tests, vaccines and isolation facilities to the six participating sides.

Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that three more players playing of two different teams in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to a statement, the three players were not part of the sides that featured in the double-header on Wednesday which featured the Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars squads. The players were tested in the afternoon after showing symptoms and will now self-isolate for ten days.

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