PCB suspends Sharjeel, Latif for corruption

Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were suspended provisionally from the Pakistan Super League after they were deemed to be involved in corruption.


A file photo of Sharjeel Khan, taken during a training session in Mohali during the ICC World Twenty20 last year.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were provisionally suspended and sent home from the Pakistan Super League, which began on Thursday, for their suspected links with an international betting syndicate, according to a report from www.geo.tv. The players were caught by Pakistan Cricket Board's security and anti-corruption officer Col. Azam on Thursday, the report says.

"Sharjeel and Latif have been suspended and the rigorous and wide-ranging investigation by the PCB supported by the International Cricket Council will continue as part of collective efforts to protect the integrity of the sport," said Pakistan Cricket Board.

The suspension is "part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the Pakistan Super League which started in Dubai [on Thursday]," according to PCB.

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Sharjeel has played 25 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), 15 T20 Internationals (T20Is) and a Test for Pakistan, and represents Islamabad United in the PSL, while Khalid, also a player of Islamabad United, has played five ODIs and 13 T20Is in his international career.

“It would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of the case, however this investigation is a clear demonstration of our determination to drive corruption out of our sport. We will not tolerate any form of corrupt activity and as this investigation proceeds we will not hesitate to take further decisive action as appropriate,” Najam Sethi, chairman of PSL, said.

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