Discarded Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed, who has been provisionally suspended for obstructing the spot-fixing scandal case which surfaced in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL), in the United Arab Emirates, has lambasted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the rigid approach, as he believes the national board is cooking up the stories against him while adding he has little faith in the cricket body.
“We have every confidence in the National Crime Agency. But we have very little confidence in the PCB,” Jamshed was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
The 27-year-old Lahore-born Jamshed revealed PCB stated they have launched an independent probe, but the former PCB officials are hearing the case adding one can’t trust the board when they had already leaked the ‘filmsy’ information to the media houses.
“I’ve been here in Birmingham since January – and the tribunal they have formed to hear my case is made up of former PCB employees. How can that be independent?” asked Jamshed.
The reports suggested Jamshed has laughed out at the evidence provided by PCB after being grilled by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) while asking the Pakistani opener to share more details.
Interestingly, the details collected by the committee against Jamshed has been leaked, as the reports suggested eight Whatsapp voice notes in Urdu between Khalid Latif and the latter were exchanged over the bat deals.
“I’ve had an arrangement for years whereby I would sell a few CA bats and take a 10% commission. It’s no secret; I’m allowed to do it,” Jamshed revealed.
However, Jamshed stated there’s no code used when they were talking about the business of bats, as he agreed on that front while explaining he has been doing that in the past too.
As many as six players were quizzed by the Anti-Corruption Committee since February, in which two were handed a minimum ban of six months and two months respectively that further is subjected to the cooperation and behaviour of a player during the effect of the ban.
“They claim they have WhatsApp voice messages that show me talking about spot-fixing in code. But what they actually have is WhatsApp voice messages that show me talking about selling bats,” Jamshed maintained.
PCB has further revealed Jamshed hasn’t cooperated with the board, in a bid to put an end to the menace of corruption in Pakistan.
Moreover, the fresh development revealed PCB’s three-member tribunal committee in Lahore, is looking to present other charges to strength the case, as Jamshed is facing two separate cases back in Pakistan.
“I expect the NCA to clear me. But my worry is that I could be cleared by the NCA and found guilty by the PCB. That would still prevent me from playing cricket again,” Jamshed asserted.
In a startling revelation, Jamshed stated PCB is desperate to show the world the cricket in Pakistan is free from any corruption, after Lord’s infamous Test brought disgrace to the country.
“The PCB knew I was looking at a future in England. I was hoping to play county cricket here. I would still like to after all this has been resolved,” Jamshed concluded.
Jamshed has played 48 One-day Internationals, in which he scored 1,418 runs at an average of 31.51. He has also featured in 18 Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests for Pakistan.
Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz were also charged with the hefty amount of fine, as Sharjeel Khan, Khalif Latif and Shahzaib Hasan are currently facing the corruption charges.