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PSL Fixing Scandal: PCB’s Tribunal Charges Shahzaib Hasan For The Violation Of Anti-Corruption Code

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Pakistan discarded opener Shahzaib Hasan on Friday was charged by a three-member tribunal after breaching the Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct of country’s nation cricket body, Pakistan Cricket Board.

The 27-year-old Hasan, who had been part of Karachi Kings in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) was charged during his preliminary hearing after he was provisionally suspended by PCB.

“Shahzaib Hasan shall be provided an opportunity to respond by 18th May 2017 and PCB may, at its discretion, file a rebuttal by 25th May 2017. The Final Hearing shall commence from 1st June 2017 on a day to day basis,” the PCB statement read.

On March 17, Hasan was provisionally suspended by PCB during the initial phase of the investigation for fixing scandal which surfaced in the United Arab Emirates during the second edition of PSL.

The Anti-Corruption tribunal made a decision at National Cricket Academy in Lahore while stating, the right-handed batsman Hasan has breached the articles of the PCB constitution which have been stated as 2.1.4, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5

“Shahzaib Hasan cricketer has been charged with breaches of Articles 2.1.4; 2.4.4; and 2.4.5 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants 2015,” statement added.

In February, PSL was marred by the spot-fixing saga which further saw five players being provisionally suspended before lanky fast bowler Mohammad Irfan was charged with one million rupees fine and one year ban from all forms of cricket respectively.

“Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach any of the foregoing provisions of this Article 2.1,” article 2.1.4 of the PCB’s Code of Conduct stated.

The hearing was further attended by Retired Justice Asghar Haider, former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Bari and Lt. Retired General Tauqir Zia.

“Failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code,” Article 2.4.4 has explained it.

Moreover, Shahzaib Hasan was presented during the preliminary hearing with his lawyer, as PCB also had two of their lawyers at the NCA in Lahore.

Adding to it, Retired Col. Mohammad Azam Khan, who is the head of Vigilance and Security Department for PCB was also present at the hearing.

“Failing or refusing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any incident, fact, or matter that comes to the attention of a Participant,” read the Article 2.4.5 of the PCB for 2015 Participants.

Although, the final verdict will come out on June 1, 2017, as the proceedings of the investigation have been kept confidential.

The Karachi-born Hasan had featured in 10 Twenty20 International matches and three One-day Internationals for Pakistan. He last played in 2010 for Pakistan against South Africa.

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