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PCB chairman calls off conference to focus on spot-fixing scandal

Published Feb 15, 2017 06:15pm

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday called off a round-table conference with former cricketers and experts, which was to be held in Lahore in March to address the mounting woes of the national team, to instead deal with a scandal that has rocked Pakistan cricket.

The PCB will be focusing its attention on the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing fiasco, which has seen Islamabad United's Sharjeel khan and Khalid Latif suspended and formal proceedings initiated against them.

Speaking to media in Lahore, the chairman clarified that if the accused players did not confess, a trial court would be held by the PCB's Anti-Corruption unit (ACU) and a sitting judge would decide their fates.

Read more: PSL fixing scandal: 'God knows I am innocent,' Khalid Latif says

He also said that the two players accused of match fixing, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, will be given one to two weeks to present their statements, after which the board will bring formal charges.

"We will give evidence to them which we have against them ... it's necessary to give them a chance," Shaharyar said.

Shaharyar said the PCB was aware of the fact that bookmakers were targeting players in the PSL and that was the reason players were briefed before the inaugural match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi on Feb 9 in Dubai.

The chairman also rubbished any doubts of the board adopting leniency in the matter, and clarified that in case the duo are found guilty, then the PCB will levy the maximum possible punishment as a deterrent.

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Khan Feb 15, 2017 06:27pm

Mr Chairman good idea pl. finish first the spot fixing then comes the rest... all the involved players should be behind bars in Pakistan not in England !!

BAXAR Feb 15, 2017 06:58pm

"in case the duo are found guilty, then the PCB will levy the maximum possible punishment as a deterrent." as they did with Amir? They will accept the same punishment, which is to play for Pakistan for ever after. Is that a joke?

Imtiaz Feb 15, 2017 06:57pm

A three years in a Pakistani jail will do them a lot of good and cricket ban for life of course.

Sam Feb 15, 2017 07:10pm

Hopefully Mr chairman remain firm on his stand. A tough stance at this juncture will send a strong signal to those who wish to play with sentiment of the nation.

Saif zulfiqar Feb 15, 2017 07:31pm

Useless, inefficient and retired people are running the Cricket Board.

zAamir Feb 15, 2017 08:36pm

@Saif zulfiqar you left out obsessed..

Fanu Feb 16, 2017 04:42am

How will you find a mouse in a corruption jungle........

JYD Feb 16, 2017 08:45am

All the corrupt PCB should be behind bar and procecute as welll beside the corrupt players.

Sheik chili Feb 16, 2017 08:55am

You should focus more clearly as you have a spot fixed already in The team.

Hassan Feb 16, 2017 09:37am

Fix your chairman first then board and then players. Sonyou saying that 2 hour or so conference cannot be held because you eant to focus on spot fixing. Like seriously. A y other reasons or excuses please

Luke Furtado Feb 16, 2017 10:33am

Pakistan cricket administration reflects their current world rankings......Slow and painful death of Pakistan cricket....It was nice to know you till it lasted.......

Sajid Hasan Feb 16, 2017 10:42am

Life ban for cheaters of 3.5 million only....What about those who theft 3.5 tirrilions..

nadeem Qazi Feb 16, 2017 10:49am

As PCB has a history of keeping corrupt people around. Now we have Sharjeel and Khalid as our future mentors and coaches

A.Sen Feb 16, 2017 11:08am

Why this summary trial of the two players and a quick judgment thereafter ? And why not have such a trial for Panama gate accused as well ?

Mirza Feb 16, 2017 11:40am

Most of the players have declined to attend the meeting, fixing scandal came as face saving and a blessing in disguise fro the Chairman.

kanwarch Feb 16, 2017 12:11pm

Ban is not enough. If proven guilty put them in jail and confiscate their belongings. Ban them from TV. Make them an example for others but then again these youngsters see our leaders do the same thing and are not punished. No hope for pakistan.

Dr. SalariA, Aamir Ahmad Feb 16, 2017 01:33pm

Under the prevailing circumstances, what other options does he has?

Ap Feb 18, 2017 01:38am

Sad... Sharjeel khan is not tthe greatest technique guy, but when in flow he is an impact player... alas he too bites the dust...

I think the system is just so open and unguarded and just inviting all kinds of poachers...

The other few talented players like babar azam for instance are the last straw holding pak love of cricket... pcb must protect and shield those talents with a firewall...