LAHORE: Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif have reportedly failed to satisfy officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) about their role in alleged spot-fixing at ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“They failed to satisfy PCB’s anti-corruption committee. Sharjeel opened a Pandora’s Box when he was asked about first five balls played by him in the tournament’s first match,” a source in the PCB told Samaa.
“Both Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif could not give satisfactory answers about their alleged contacts with Nasir Jamshed and a bookie who were arrested by UK police,” the source further added.
After hearing, he said, the players have been asked to file today the details of their mobile communication, travel, meetings and activities in UAE.
After submission of the required details, the source said, PCB is most likely to hand over charge-sheets to the cricketers for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing.
Due to the ongoing investigation, PCB has suspended – Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Nasir Jamshed – all have represented Pakistan in international cricket.
Yesterday, fast bowler Muhammad Irfan, who is also under investigation, was slapped with various restrictions. He has been barred from using his cell phone and meeting his fellow cricketers in the PSL.
Investigators have not so far cleared Muhammad Irfan who is playing for Islamabad United.
Two more players of Zulfiqar Babar (Quetta Gladiator) and Shahzaib Hasan (Karachi Kings) were also quizzed but cleared of any wrong-doing.
British police said Tuesday arrested Pakistani batsman Nasir Jamshed and a person named Yousuf in connection with bribery offences as part of an investigation into the spot-fixing.
UK authorities are working closely with PCB and International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption units.
Sharjeel and Latif have been accused of meet a suspicious person linked to an international betting syndicate.
Jamshed, who made the last of 68 appearances for Pakistan across all three formats nearly two years ago, is not taking part in the PSL.
Sharjeel has a contract with English county side Leicestershire to play in the domestic Twenty20 Blast tournament later this year. – Samaa
Story first published: 16th February 2017