PCB Clears Zulfiqar Babar, Shahzaib Hasan Over PSL Fixing Allegations, Mohammad Irfan Still Under Investigation
Zulfiqar Babar (Quetta Gladiators) and Shahzaib Hasan (Karachi Kings) have been cleared of any charges after being investigated by country’s Anti-Corruption Unit, as they were grilled following the reports of corrupt activities in the second edition of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“Shahzaib and Zulfiqar are cleared. However, Irfan is still under investigation,” Shaharyar was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.
However, lanky fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan, who is yet to face the suspension, is further being investigated after his Islamabad United teammates Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were suspended on Friday.
“As God is my witness, I have never done anything wrong,” Khalid said.
Irfan, who can now represent Islamabad United, was dropped against Lahore Qalandars in their last fixture.
Shaharyar has expressed the ACU held the proceedings to investigate the matter and it will also be revealed to the ICC regarding the serious matter while following a legal procedure.
“The leading role in this case was of PCB’s ACU. Their initiative is appreciable and this time we will be handling everything, including the players’ punishments and the legal proceedings. However, the ICC is being kept informed of all updates on the matter,” Shaharyar said.
The PCB’s decision of suspending the players was hailed by former cricketers as the board feels the PSL should be given utmost importance.
“The PCB gives a lot of importance to the PSL. The whole nation is interested in it. More than that, this edition is important because the final will be held in Pakistan. So, we will not allow anyone to taint it,” Shaharyar added.
Shaharyar stated the show-cause notices were dispatched to both the ‘provisionally’ suspended players after not reporting about the illegal approach of international syndicate.
“Show-cause notices have been sent to Sharjeel and Khalid so that they can submit their replies. However, no such notice will be served to Irfan until the investigation is completed,” Shaharyar revealed.
“A senior judge will head the tribunal and will be accompanied by two or three more people,” the octogenarian supremo Shaharyar concluded.
After making his international debut in 2010, Irfan has played 60 One-Day Internationals, 20 Twenty20 Internationals and four Tests. He has bagged 108 wickets across all three formats.
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