Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Suspected PSL spot-fixers on ECL

Suspected PSL spot-fixers on ECL

The interior ministry officiated in a statement that Latif and Irfan recorded their statements to officials of Federal Investigation Authority on Monday in Lahore.

The FIA, in a letter, asked the ministry to bar the players from travelling overseas till the investigation against them was complete.

However, unlike Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan who were provisionally suspended by the PCB, he and Irfan were not suspended and were allowed to continue playing for their respective teams.

Chairing a meeting at his ministry, Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan accepted the FIA's request for putting Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed, Shahbaz Hasan Khan and Mohammad Irfan on ECL. Jamshed is still in Britain, where he was first arrested as part of investigation into alleged corruption in the PSL. While, Shahzaib Hasan and Sharjeel Khan will record their statements with FIA on Tuesday.

The investigation into the spot-fixing scandal is being carried out by the FIA on the formal request of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). "We have simply asked FIA to certify the authenticity of the data in players' mobile phones in PCB's possession for submission to anti-corruption tribunal as evidence". Earlier, the FIA had recommended putting the names of the cricketers on the ECL for the effective inquiry in alleged spot-fixing incident in the second edition of the PSL that tarnished the image of Pakistan in the cricketing world. He was of the view that PCB can go ahead with its inquiry but FIA would see this case from a criminal aspect.

Speaking in his TV show, the Chairman PSL said "after the decision, FIA have the prerogative to investigate if the players have broken any law of the country". Khan said there should be a zero tolerance policy and anybody who is involved in spot-fixing should not be spared.

Later on Muhammad Irfan was suspended by the PCB, and a charge sheet was submitted against him.

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