PCB Suspends Shahzaib Hasan In PSL Spot-Fixing Case
While coming down hard against the corrupt practices, the Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended opening batsman Shahzaib Hasan with immediate effect from all forms of cricket following a further investigation over the recently concluded cash-rich lucrative Pakistan Super League which was marred by the spot-fixing scandal that surfaced last month in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
As the board is trying hard to bring international cricket to Pakistan, it was again plagued by the spot-fixing scandal which is widening according to the latest developments taking place.
It had further asked some serious questions to its (PSL) Twenty20 league which seemed under threat following such practices from the players, who had also been the part of the international circuit.
According to a PCB press release, Hassan was told to respond to the Notice of Charge after serving the suspension.
“PCB ACU’s [anti-corruption unit] investigations into corrupt practices will continue,” PCB said in its statement.
The 27-year-old right-handed batsman Shahzaib, who played for PSL franchise Karachi Kings, was provisionally suspended for violating PCB’s anti-corruption code. He also became the fifth player from Pakistan – to serve the provisional suspension which also included Nasir Jamshed, who was not the part of PSL.
It has been further reported, Shahzaib has violated three rules of the Code of Conduct of PCB’s provisions.
“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,” mentions the article 2.4.4 PCB’s anti-corruption code.
On Wednesday (March 15), Shahzaib was questioned by the board’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) for three-and-half-hours where he admitted he failed to report to ACU after his family was threatened by the international syndicate who practice in corrupting the games.
However, the lanky fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, who was charged with the two violations, was also issued a notice on the same day and was asked to respond within 14 days.
The reports suggested Shahzaib was suspended for meeting the bookie after the inaugural game of the PSL which was held in Dubai between current PSL champions Peshawar Zalmi and previous Champions Islamabad United.
“2.1.4 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,” Shahzaib was charged under this provision of the ACU.
Earlier, two Pakistan batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were provisionally suspended over the spot-fixing allegations and further violating the rules of the board.
If found guilty, Shahzaib is staring at a six-month ban which can be extended to a lifetime ban in cricket.
Shahzaib has played 10 Twenty20 Internationals and three One-day Internationals for Pakistan since making his debut in 2009.
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