TRIAL BE­GINS

Pak­istan tri­bunal opens hear­ings into spot-fix­ing charges against five

New Straits Times - - Sport -

APAKISTAN tri­bunal started hear­ings on Monday into spot-fix­ing charges against five play­ers who could face life bans if found guilty.

The tri­bunal con­vened by the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) is headed by Jus­tice As­ghar Haider. For­mer Pak­istan cap­tain Wasim Bari and ex-PCB chair­man Tauqir Zia are also mem­bers.

Prose­cu­tors played a tape in which open­ing bats­man Shar­jeel Khan ad­mit­ted hav­ing met a book­maker but de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

Shar­jeel is one of five play­ers pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended in the case, which sur­faced dur­ing the sec­ond edi­tion of the Pak­istan Su­per League (PSL) tournament staged in the United Arab Emi­rates in Fe­bru­ary. He was present dur­ing the hear­ing.

Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed are also fac­ing charges pun­ish­able by a min­i­mum five-year ban and a max­i­mum sus­pen­sion for life.

In March fast bowler Mo­ham­mad Ir­fan had ad­mit­ted fail­ing to re­port an ap­proach to fix a match and was banned for six months, with six more sus­pended. He was also fined one mil­lion ru­pees (RM45,000).

An­other player, Mo­ham­mad Nawaz, was also sum­moned by PCB anti-cor­rup­tion unit in the spot fix­ing case but has not yet been charged. Once charged his case would also be sub­mit­ted be­fore tri­bunal.

PCB lawyer Taf­fazul Rizvi said Shar­jeel had ad­mit­ted meet­ing a bookie along with Khalid.

“He also ac­cepted that man was linked to fix­ing and that what­ever was de­cided in that meet­ing panned out in the agreed man­ner,” Rizvi told re­porters.

But Shar­jeel in the recorded state­ment said the fact that he played two dot (non-scor­ing) balls at a par­tic­u­lar point in a game was not linked to spot-fix­ing.

Spot-fix­ing in­volves de­ter­min­ing the out­come of a spe­cific part of a match, rather than fix­ing the re­sult. It can cen­tre on some­thing as mi­nor as the num­ber of wides or dot balls at any par­tic­u­lar time.

The match in ques­tion was Is­lam­abad United’s first in the PSL, in which Shar­jeel played two dot balls and scored one run.

The PCB’s anti-cor­rup­tion unit be­lieves Shar­jeel took money to play the dot balls.

Wit­nesses were due to give ev­i­dence to the tri­bunal yes­ter­day.

Shar­jeel’s lawyer Shaigan Ijaz said his client ex­pects a favourable re­sult.

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Shar­jeel Khan ad­mit­ted hav­ing met a book­maker but de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

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