PSL fixing saga: Involved players summoned by FIA

Nasir Jamshed
Nasir Jamshed — AFP/File

KARACHI: Cricketers Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were summoned by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday to get their statements recorded on March 21 and 22, ARY News reported.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had earlier made a request to FIA to investigate the matter after the aforementioned players were suspected to be involved in spot-fixing during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) second season.

According to the report the PCB possesses many important evidences against the players too.

Irfan, on Monday, admitted he failed to report approaches by a bookie during the PSL.

The Lanky left-armer, however, said he committed the offence due to tension following the death of his father and mother in December and January respectively.

Irfan’s admission of his failure to report the approach may lead to him being slammed with a two-year ban from cricketing activity at least, and a life ban at most according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) anti-corruption code.

The decision will be taken by a tribunal lead by Justice (R) Asghar Haider with former PCB chief General Tauqeer Zia and former Pakistan wicket-keeper Wasim Bari as it’s members.

According to reports, Justice Haider also received a notification to carry out the relevant process by the PCB and the decision can come in two days time.

PCB’s  Anti Corruption Unit summoned Irfan and Karachi Kings opener Shahzaib Hasan on Friday following suspicions they met bookies during PSL 2.

Irfan was left out of the preliminary squad for Pakistan’s upcoming tour of the West Indies on Thursday.

The tribunal is expected to put forward evidences against both cricketers as the PCB and PSL officials are convinced Irfan and Shahzaib , who represented Islamabad United and Karachi Kings respectively in the T20 league, have committed punishable crimes.

Islamabad United batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were provisionally suspended under the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code as part of an investigation into an organisation’s alleged attempts to corrupt the PSL last month.

Both batsmen were sent home.

Irfan, Zulfiqar Babar and Shahzaib  were also questioned by the anti-corruption unit. Unlike Sharjeel and Khalid, however, these players were not suspended and played for their teams in the tournament.

Khalid has secured the services of lawyer Badar Alam, while Sharjeel is still looking for one.

The PCB’s investigation is being backed by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit.