London:Under pressure from the ICC to keep an eye on Mushtaq Ahmed during his stint as England's spin bowling coach, the ECB may have to monitor the phonecalls of the former Pakistan player, who was implicated in the 2000 match-fixing scandal.
According to a report in 'The Daily Telegraph', ICC and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed upon a monitoring system for Mushtaq, who was found guilty of having links with bookmakers during an inquiry in Pakistan.
"Monitoring procedures for England's new spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed have been agreed after discussions in Chennai between the England and Wales Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council," the newspaper reported.
"On Saturday the ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat and the managing director of English cricket Hugh Morris, verbally agreed on the monitoring procedures for Mushtaq, which can be expected to include extra surveillance of his mobile phone calls," it added.
Mushtaq was to join the English squad during the ongoing Test series against India but he couldn't, reportedly because the ICC had objected to his appointment due to his tainted past.
The ECB, however, maintained that the reason for the delay was that he had not received his work permit, a claim that was refuted by the Home Office, which stated that the Pakistani had been granted a work permit on November 26.