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LAHORE: Sharjeel Khan’s counsel told the Anti-corruption Tribunal on Tuesday that his client had timely informed the relevant authority of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) about his meeting with a person, who was later recognised as a bookie by the Board.

Sharjeel is facing an inquiry for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League.

On the second day of day-to-day hearing, lawyer Sheghan Ijaz informed the tribunal that playing dot balls was not a crime but part of the game.

Later, talking with the media, he said, “We are quite satisfied with today’s progress and our stance is clear. It is also not a crime to meet any person on the request of another cricketer.”

He further said Sharjeel had met a friend of his fellow player on the afternoon of the first match of PSL’s second edition.

Ijaz added they also cross-examined Anti-corruption Unit’s head retired Colonel Azam.

PCB’s attorney Tafazzul Rizvi said he would not comment on the issue as it was being examined by the Anti-corruption Tribunal.

He added that conversions between the players which had been recorded on WhatsApp were produced before the tribunal.

Published in Dawn, May 17th, 2017