20th March 2017

Pakistan Cricket Board suspends fifth cricketer

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has provisionally suspended Shahzaib Hasan, alleging that the Karachi Kings cricketer has violated Articles 2.1.4, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 of its Anti-Corruption Code. The offences relate to ‘fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly’ a domestic cricket match, and failing to disclose a suspicious approach to PCB authorities. In a statement, the PCB said that its Anti-Corruption Unit’s (ACU) investigations into corrupt practices would continue.

On 10 February, the PCB provisionally suspended Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif on charges of violating its Anti-Corruption Code. On 15 February, it provisionally suspended Nasir Jamshed on similar charges and on 14 March, Mohammed Irfan was provisionally suspended for failing to report a suspicious approach.

Khan and Latif are contesting the charges against them and on 19 March, the PCB announced a three-man panel that would hear the two players’ arguments against the charges. A PCB statement provided more detail about the charges levelled against the two players.

‘The specific articles of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code both violated are: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5’, it read. ‘In addition, Khalid Latif was charged for breaching code 2.1.4…The Tribunal’s proceedings shall commence with a preliminary hearing where the Tribunal in consultation with PCB and the two players will decide when the PCB is to submit an opening brief detailing the claims against the two players along with the evidence. The Tribunal will also determine a date by which the players need to respond to the charges leveled against them and the evidence provided in PCB’s opening brief after which the date of the full final hearing will be announced.’

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