Pakistani players to appear before FIA in spot-fixing case

Nasir Jamshed, Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Irfan will be questioned on March 20 and March 21.

Sharjeel Khan (right), Khalid Latif - both in picture - and Mohammad Irfan have been suspended from all cricket by the PCB under the anti-corruption code.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has issued notices to four players - Nasir Jamshed, Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Irfan - to appear for questioning in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing case on March 20 and March 21 before a special team of the agency.

“The FIA has issued notices to the players in the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing case after holding preliminary investigations into the matter and after consulting the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB),” a reliable source in the FIA told PTI. He also said the special investigation team of the FIA would question the four players. Three of them - Sharjeel, Khalid and Irfan - have been suspended from all cricket by the PCB under the anti-corruption code.

The PCB has already formed a three-member tribunal headed by a former judge to conduct a probe after the board charged Sharjeel and Khalid with spot-fixing. Pakistan’s interior minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan told the media in Islamabad on Thursday that the government was taking the PSL spot-fixing case seriously.

He made it clear that if any player is found guilty of spot-fixing, he could end up behind bars.