In a press conference held in Lahore, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has sent out a stern warning to players that if anyone is found guilty of spot-fixing, he/she should consider their career as over and no second chances will be given.
“The tribunal is a serious matter. Whoever is involved in the spot-fixing, rest assured his cricket career will be over,” Shaharyar was quoted as saying by Samaa TV.
The octogenarian PCB head also said if a player fails to meet the fitness standards, he won’t be permitted to play.
“Mickey Arthur has told me that there are some four or five players who are on the borderline of the fitness test. No matter how good of a batsman or a bowler you are, if you fail the minimum fitness requirement, you won’t be permitted to play,” Shaharyar was quoted as saying by Dawn.com.
Coming hard at players, Shaharyar stated the board would not compromise or give any kind of leeway on the fitness of cricketers.
“The fielding and fitness of our team is very poor. Players who don’t improve their fitness will be overlooked,” Shaharyar remarked.
Following the evidence available with the Anti-Corruption Unit of the PCB, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif have already been ‘provisionally’ suspended. The board is yet to come up with a proof regarding Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan, who were summoned by the PCB this week for further investigation.
“Had our players been educated, they would not have opted for this suicidal path,” Shaharyar said.
Irfan and Hasan were quizzed last month on the Pakistan Super League (PSL) fixing saga alongside Quetta Gladiators’ Zulfiqar Babar.
“However, we do not have any evidence against Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan, which is why we have not suspended them,” Shaharyar revealed.
Earlier, Peshawar Zalmi recruit Dawid Malan told ESPNcricinfo a young fan was spotted in Zalmi’s dressing room during the final of the second edition of the PSL. Shaharyar then told local media in Pakistan that the committee is investigating how he entered the room without being spotted by officials.
“[Dawid] Malan is right. These kinds of incidents should not happen and must be prevented from happening in the future. Fans should never be so close to the dressing room,” Shaharyar concluded.