ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali has said that any cricketer found guilty of spot-fixing during the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be jailed.
“If UK can jail cricketers for corruption, why can’t we do it,” Nisar told media persons in Islamabad.
“This business of spot fixing is our weakness. We cannot let cricketers bring a bad name to Pakistan,” he said. He said that spot-fixing is not just a matter between the cricket board and few players.
The interior minister said that an FIR would soon be launched against players after completing an initial inquiry into spot-fixing.
“Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can only suspend or ban players, it doesn’t have the authority to try them,” he added.
Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Mohammad Irfan have been suspended by the cricket board in connection with their alleged contacts with bookies ahead of the PSL.
Shahzab Hasan, a fourth cricketer, is also likely to face suspension. – SAMAA
Story first published: 16th March 2017