Khalid Latif’s appeal against spot-fixing ban rejected

According to Justice Faqir Khokhar, there was "overwhelming" evidence against the former Pakistan opener.

Khalid Latif charged with orchestrating a deal with a bookie.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Former Pakistan opener Khalid Latif on Wednesday lost an appeal against a five-year ban for spot-fixing but had his one million rupee (USD 10,000) fine waived, Pakistan Cricket Board said.

Adjudicator Justice Faqir Khokhar upheld the ban, saying there was "overwhelming" evidence against Latif, but waived the fine as his career was almost over, PCB lawyer Taffazul Rizvi told reporters in Lahore.

Latif, who had shown tremendous early promise as a cricketer but failed to make an impact at international level, played five One-Day Internationals and 13 Twenty20 Internationals, the last of which was against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi in September 2016. The scandal surfaced during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League in February last year when Latif was playing for Islamabad United.

Latif, 32, was charged with orchestrating a deal with a bookie that would see his fellow opener Sharjeel Khan deliberately playing two dot balls - deliveries off which no run is scored - in the opening match against Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai.

Spot-fixing involves determining the outcome of a specific part of a match rather than the overall result, and is therefore harder to detect than match-fixing. Sharjeel was also banned for five years - two and a half years suspended - and his appeal was rejected last November.

Paceman Mohammad Irfan and spinner Mohammad Nawaz were banned for one year and two months respectively for not reporting fixing offers. Another former opener Nasir Jamshed - alleged to have played a role as coordinator in the PSL fixing deal - was banned for one year for not cooperating with the inquiry.

The decision against another international player, Shahzaib Hasan, was reserved and will be announced on Saturday.

Pakistani cricket has long been tainted by allegations of spot-fixing. An infamous incident came on the 2010 tour of England, when then-captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were all given prison sentences for conspiring to bowl deliberate no-balls in the fourth Test at Lord's.

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