PSL Controversy: Shahzaib, Zulfiqar cleared, Irfan still under Probe, says PCB Chief

Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shehryar Khan has said that Shahzaib Hassan and Zulfiqar Babar of Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators have been cleared and they were not found to have been involved in spot-fixing or any other wrongdoing. Meanwhile another Islamabad United’s player Muhammad Irfan is still under investigation, Chairman PCB added.

Talking about Sherjeel Khan & Khalid, Shehryar Khan said the duo have been served with a show-cause notice and there would be no leniency shown towards both of them, but they would be provided a chance to defend themselves for once, PCB Chief quoted. Shehryar Khan told the press that if found guilty, Sherjeel & Khalid can a have a ban of 6 months to lifetime the most.

He also mentioned that the fast bowler Muhammad Irfan will also be served with a show-cause notice in couple of days as he is currently under investigations whereas Zulfiqar Babar and Shahzaib Hassan have been cleared from PCB as they haven’t been found in any kind of corrupt activity.

Shehryar Khan further said that lack of education among players actually leads them to indulge in such kind of practices and whole of country then faces embarrassment. He said that having less education actually becomes the reason behind their inclination towards corruption. The menace could be eradicated once educated players come to the front, Khan added.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has also suspended provisionally the opening batsman Nasir Jamshed from all forms of cricket for violating PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code. The nature and timing of violation is yet to be confirmed by PCB but it is reportedly understood that Nasir Jamshed is connected with recent spot-fixing scandal in PSL that led to the suspension of Sherjeel Khan & Khalid Latif.

The PCB has yet to officially elaborate the nature and timing of violation but it is understood that it is connected with the recent corruption scandal in Pakistan Super League (PSL) which led to the suspension of Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan. He was reportedly alleged in the media as the player who connected players with the suspected bookies. Nasir Jamshed has played 2 Tests, 48 ODIs & 18 T20s for Pakistan.

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