Federal investigation into Pakistan T20 league (PSL 2017) opened for ‘match-fixing’

BE2C2 Report — The Pakistan Super League spot fixing scandal has taken a new and serious twist as the country’s Federal Investigation Agency has opened a criminal investigation.

The four players suspended by the PCB have also been placed on a no exit list by Pakistan’s interior ministry.

A fifth player, Nasir Jamshed, suspected to be involved in the scandal was arrested in the UK but it appears unlikely that he will be extradited to face charges in Pakistan, ESPN CricInfo reported.

Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan (left to right) have all been charged with violating the PCB corruption code

Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan have been charged by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for violating the code of conduct.

Sharjeel and Khalid are set to go before a tribunal comprised of justice Asghar Haider (retired), former PCB chairman Tauqir Zia and former wicketkeeper Wasim Bari on March 24.

Irfan and Shahzaib have yet to respond to the charge sheet and have two weeks to do so before proceedings continue against them.

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) was undeniably a gigantic success for brand Pakistan – both locally and internationally. No other sports event in Pakistan’s history has had a digital footprint as large as that of the PSL, setting a very high viewership benchmark for any sports event to come in the country.

According to ESPN CricInfo, the Chief Operating Officer of the PCB Subhan Ahmed had requested assistance from the FIA but did not ask the agency to open a criminal investigation.

The cricket portal and webmagazine quoted Ahmed saying: “No complaint has been made by PCB to FIA to launch an investigation into players’ conduct.

“We have simply asked FIA to certify the authenticity of the data in players’ mobile phones in PCB’s possession for submission to anti-corruption tribunal as evidence.”

It is believed the FIA will run their investigation separately and could result in jail sentences for those involved.

the Chief Operating Officer of the PCB Subhan Ahmed requested assistance from the FIA but did not ask the agency to open a criminal investigation.

According to ESPN Cricinfo Ahmed said: “No complaint has been made by PCB to FIA to launch an investigation into players’ conduct.

“We have simply asked FIA to certify the authenticity of the data in players’ mobile phones in PCB’s possession for submission to anti-corruption tribunal as evidence.”

It is believed the FIA will run their investigation separately and could result in jail sentences for those involved.

On Sunday, Pakistan’s Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq called for life bans on anyone found guilty of fixing, adding that an investigation into five players threatened years of work to clean up the country’s image.

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