In the latest development from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz was handed over a two-month ban on Wednesday following the investigation regarding the recently surfaced spot-fixing scandal during the second edition of Pakistan Super League in the United Arab Emirates.
“In furtherance to the PCB’s investigation into violations of the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code for Participants 2015 (“the Code”), Mohammad Nawaz, Cricketer, was issued a Notice of Charge by the PCB Vigilance and Security Department on 12th May 2017 wherein he was charged with a single violation of Article 2.4.4 of the Code,” PCB revealed in its statement.
It becomes pertinent to mention that Nawaz, who was the part of PSL franchise Quetta Gladiators led by Pakistan limited-overs skipper, was approached by bookies during Pakistan’s Australian tour earlier in this year.
According to the press release from Pakistan’s national body, the Test cricketer’s suspension could be reduced to an only month if the 23-year-old left-arm orthodox spinner happens to meet the requirements in the foreseeable future which includes if there didn’t happen to be any breach of the Code of Conduct.
“On 15th May 2017 Nawaz approached the PCB to initiate proceedings under Article 5.1.12 of the PCB Code and requested for “Agreed Sanction” a meeting to hold discussions,” PCB’s press release read.
The Punjab-born Nawaz was also charged with the fine of PKR two lakh following the fresh probe from PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit.
It becomes pertinent, the spot-fixing saga at Lord’s in 2010, has witnessed a change in the policies of PCB as the board has launched a strong campaign – to put an end such a menace which has brought bad name to the country itself when trio in the form of Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Irfan was banned.
Nawaz was charged by PCB for breaching the Article of 2.4.4 of the board’s Anti-Corruption Code in its constitution.
“It was alleged that Nawaz had, on one occasion, failed to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of the approaches and invitations received by him to engage in Corrupt Conduct,” PCB statement read.
Earlier, the reports revealed that Nawaz admitted his fault by not informing the PCB’s Security and Vigilance Department when he was approached by the International business syndicate, who corrupt the games.
“On 15th May 2017 Nawaz approached the PCB to initiate proceedings under Article 5.1.12 of the PCB Code and requested for “Agreed Sanction” a meeting to hold discussions,” it added.
Nawaz, who was summoned by PCB in relation to the spot-fixing case before Tribunal committee begins a trial of the players, who have been provisionally suspended by the board itself.
The other cricketer, who has been suspended, is fast bowler Mohammad Irfan as he was banned from all forms of cricket for six months in March and was further charged with PKR one million.
“During the period of Ineligibility as described under Article 5 (a) (ii), Nawaz’s central contract executed with PCB shall stand suspended and no new contract shall be offered to him,” statement concluded,” it concluded.
Before the conclusion, the statement made it clear by stating Nawaz’s ban would commence from Tuesday (May 16) after he submitted his written answer to PCB’s committee.
Nawaz, who made his international debut in 2016 against the United Arab Emirates, has played nine ODIs, five Twenty20 Internationals and three Tests. He has bagged 19 wickets across all three formats