The second edition of Pakistan Super League has been hit by corruption scandal as PCB has provisionally suspended two players, Sherjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, for being suspected to be linked with an international syndicate and alleged spot fixing.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has today provisionally suspended Sherjeel Khan and Khalid Latif under its Anti-Corruption Code as part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which has just started yesterday in Dubai.
According to PCB, both the players were caught by PCB’s security and anti-corruption officer Col. Azam on Thursday night while connecting with suspected people. The rigorous and wide-ranging investigation by the PCB supported by the ICC as well will continue as part of collective efforts to protect the integrity of the sports.
Sources say both the players have also confessed to have interacted with a suspected person or a bookie. Under the current consequences, it is not difficult to say that the international careers of both the players are now at the verge of an end. Both the players were representing Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League but now they have been sent back home to Pakistan following the case.
Chairman of PSL Najam Sethi reacting to the situation, said that PSL and PCB won’t ever tolerate any kind of corrupt activity. He said that a chance will surely be given to Sherjeel Khan and Khalid Latif to justify their suspected moves, with further adding that zero tolerance policy will be adopted to tackle corrupt activities. PSL Chairman stated that Pakistan Cricket will always be kept safe from these odds, no matter what it takes.
“It would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of the case, however this investigation is a clear demonstration of our determination to drive corruption out of our sport. We will not tolerate any form of corrupt activity and as this investigation proceeds we will not hesitate to take further decisive action as appropriate,” said Najam Sethi.
“The investigation of the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit backed by the ICC ACU has been effective in dealing with this case to date and we will continue to work in the closest collaboration as the investigation proceeds. We are all absolutely committed to relentlessly pursuing anyone who would seek to damage the integrity of our sport,” he added.
The PCB has said that no further comments will be made regarding to this matter till the completion of investigations. Sherjeel Khan has been a key player in opening department for Pakistan showing exceptional performances and has been a permanent member of the squad in limited-overs version of cricket last year. He made his Test debut earlier this year against Australia and has also represented Pakistan in 25 ODIs and 15 T20Is. Meanwhile Khalid Latif has played 5 ODIs and 13 T20Is for Pakistan.