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A Pakistan Cricket Board official has confirmed that former international batsman Nasir Jamshed and another man were arrested and then released on bail in Britain amid an investigation into alleged spot-fixing in the Pakistan Super League.

“Jamshed and another man, Yusuf, were arrested by the National Crime Agency,” a PCB official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The PCB official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to comment on the issue.

Britain's National Crime Authority released an earlier statement saying two men in their 30s had been arrested on Feb 13 and released on bail until April in connection with bribery offences as part of an ongoing investigation into international cricket match spot-fixing.

The PCB has already provisionally suspended Islamabad United's Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif from the domestic Twenty20 tournament because of their alleged involvement in the corruption. Sharjeel and Latif returned to Lahore on Wednesday and faced more interviews with the cricket board's anti-corruption unit.

Jamshed was suspended Monday from competing in any form of cricket.

A third Islamabad United player is also under investigation and a player from each of the Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators franchises were questioned by the PCB's anti-corruption unit in the United Arab Emirates, where the Super League is being staged.

All three players were allowed to continue playing in the tournament.

“We know what we are doing,” PSL chairman Najam Sethi said in an interview on a private television channel late Tuesday.

“We have all the evidence and we knew this for a while. We had information, but we cannot talk about stuff right now, a charge sheet will be given to players soon.”

Sethi said PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit had information about spot-fixing before the PSL began on Feb 9.

“We had identified a few players and then at final stages we knew the ICC had some information as well,” he said.

“When we compared it, the information was the same and then we decided to act on this.”

“We have these players' phones in which there is more information who they were in touch with, what they talked about," Sethi added.

He said the cricket board's anti-corruption unit had infiltrated gambling operations in Pakistan ahead of the tournament.

It's not the first time Pakistan cricketers have been embroiled in corruption controversies. In 1999 Salim Malik and Ataur Rehman were banned for life following a match-fixing investigation.

In 2010 three players Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were suspended for five years for their involvement in the bowling of deliberate no-balls at pre-determined times during a test match in England.

Comments (26) Closed

syed wasim haider Feb 15, 2017 02:18pm

Please do not give another chance to Asif and Suleman. This will give further encouragement for wrongdoers.Shame on these players. If Sharjeel knows any big personalities behind his act he must tell to the people of Pakistan. PCB must not allow thes players to enter any cricket ground all their life. Enough is enough. I was wondering hor mr. Shaheryar was trying to make an entry for Asif and Suleman?

Desi bhai Feb 15, 2017 02:25pm

Shameful act.

Khan Feb 15, 2017 02:30pm

This man was black listed some years back not so? let the English police deal according to the British laws and full stop.

Wasi Qureshi Feb 15, 2017 02:28pm

This should served as the final nail on the coffin for Asif and Salman return into international cricket.

Love Feb 15, 2017 02:39pm

They say. We have all the evidence and we knew this for a while. We had information, but we cannot talk about. This means they knew it even in season 1.

sanjesh kumar Feb 15, 2017 02:48pm

For God Sake make selection process on merit and increase incentives to all players. Moreover, make a strict law and intelligence body in the board to surveil players.

Shahid Feb 15, 2017 02:48pm

This is but a reflection of mind set of prevalent in our general environment where any opportunity to misappropriate any occasion is availed for personal gains. Unfortunately it entails heavy price in so many other ways, not only just the bad name it earns. If PCB had become aware of something wrong, why not stop it in its tracks earlier on instead of in the middle of much publicised mega event?

Oh i see Feb 15, 2017 02:54pm

Now question arises why Waqar was giving him so many chances in the last world cup despite his disastrous performance

Mustafa Feb 15, 2017 02:55pm

Well done anti-corruption unit!

jAVAID-uk Feb 15, 2017 03:16pm

Dear Najam Sethi Sahab,

You asked for public opinion in the TV show, so here it is:

It is indeed the wish for all of us that PSL final should be staged in Pakistan. But not at the risk of innocent people's lives and specially the foreign players who will be our guests. Unfortunately the risks are clear, so please go ahead and make the right decision in the best interest of the game and safety of the players, on ground officials and spectators.

Truth Feb 15, 2017 04:29pm

Spot fixing was unearth by ICC anti- corruption squad and not by PCB anti - corruption unit.

jumz Feb 15, 2017 04:47pm

I WAS a cricket fan.

Saqib ghumman Feb 15, 2017 04:48pm

Caught before flying... ruined their whole career..

Amir Feb 15, 2017 04:59pm

And Sharjeel father was coming on media and trying to defend his son !!!

Bravo to son as well for bringing a good name to family and country !!!

Rahul Feb 15, 2017 05:05pm

With the Champions Trophy coming up in June and one of your quick scoring batsmen Sharjeel under a cloud of suspicion it further sinks the morale of the team. This is the last thing that Pakistan needed.

BROTHER THERESA Feb 15, 2017 05:50pm

Thank you for bringing shame to Cricket PCB.

Bored Feb 15, 2017 07:21pm

They should have set Aamir as an example by not allowing him back.

Aamir's return has given hope to every Pakistani match fixer to make a come back

ghaznavi Feb 15, 2017 07:42pm

Good riddence

Jara Feb 15, 2017 08:17pm

Because of these low life's our interest in pakistan cricket has gone .

R.S. Menon Feb 15, 2017 08:40pm

PCB, Go after the offenders with full force. I am disgusted to learn about Sharjeel's name in the list. I am a fan of the shy, well behaved decent opener.

R.S. Menon, Bangalore

Sam Feb 15, 2017 08:48pm

The way Pakistan cricket is marred by controversy after controversy I am sure coming generation will leave playing and liking this game. A through investigation needs to be done and all those involved in cheating should be punished. People like Nasir Jamshed should be jailed and banned for life

bharat Feb 16, 2017 08:59am

PCB has rightly earned its reputation as the most corrupt cricket board in history of world cricket with Sharjeel, Latif, Jamshed being involved in fixing. Kudos to ICC and London Police.

Sandeep Feb 16, 2017 10:34am

Don't' worry he will soon back like all his predecessors.

Sandeep Feb 16, 2017 10:35am

People will soon give a valid "logic" to bring back these tainted players. Don't worry everything will be "normal" soon.

Babar-i-AzaM Feb 16, 2017 11:32am

@bharat - PCB punishes the guys and the BCCI doesn't, the IPL Rajasthan Royals proved that..

Dhoni legend player but dodgy as heck..

D.K. PAMNANI Feb 16, 2017 04:37pm

Out - Hit Wicket