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Khalid Latif 'given bat grips by bookie' to indicate fix

Updated May 19, 2017 09:09pm

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The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday said it had seized bat grips given to Khalid Latif by a bookmaker which the Islamabad United opener was allegedly supposed to use to indicate he would participate in a spot-fix.

The 31-year-old batsman stands accused of attempting to spot-fix, accepting an offer by a bookmaker which he did not report, and luring other players into the conspiracy.

His case is currently being heard by a three-member tribunal convened to adjudicate on the scandal which emerged during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the United Arab Emirates in February and March.

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and spinner Mohammad Nawaz have already been banned for six months with six suspended, and one month with one suspended, respectively and fined after they confessed to failing to report meetings with bookmakers.

Khalid and three other players — Sharjeel Khan, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed — are also provisionally suspended on various charges and face bans ranging from five years to life if found guilty.

“One (piece) of ... evidence is that we seized the bat grips that (a) bookie had given and they were seized from Khalid's kit bag,” PCB lawyer Taffazul Rizvi told reporters.

Spot-fixing involves attempting to determine the outcome of a specific part of a match rather than the overall result, and is therefore harder to detect than match-fixing.

Khalid did not feature in Islamabad United's opening game of the league, against Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai on February 9 but is said to have passed on the grip to Sharjeel Khan.

Sharjeel is alleged to have played two dot balls — balls from which a batsman does not score — according to a pre-determined plan.

Rizvi added that Khalid had met the bookmaker twice but failed to report the meeting.

On Thursday the head of International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Safety Unit Sir Ronnie Flanagan told the tribunal that Britain's National Crime Agency had provided the initial tip-off about fixing attempts in the PSL.

Khalid's lawyer Badar Alam meanwhile contested the neutrality of the tribunal on the grounds that one of its members was a former PCB chairman.

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Parveez May 19, 2017 11:31pm

If proved guilty ban him for life. I feel sorry for him and was happy that he made it to Pakistan team. But he should have had better guidance fro PCB.

Mustufa May 20, 2017 01:31am

@Parveez Making statements isn't an evidence. You need to show solid evidence such as video, recording, or any document assigned by a bookie to show that the player signed an agreement. Playing two dot balls does not tell you that the player fixed the match. That would mean that other players like Hafeez should be banned too playing ducks. He is innocent until proven guilty. So far, no evidence. This is Sethi's trick to bring Pakistan cricket down all of a sudden right before Champions Trophy when these two batsmen were the best top openers performing consistently.

Yankee Cricket Fan May 20, 2017 02:28am

@Parveez so you are implying that it is PCB's fault, really? Does he need guidance from PCB on being honest? Should he not act with his own integrity? Honesty comes from within. You are either honest, or you are not. Someone else cannot make you honest.

prof_uk May 20, 2017 03:53am

My suggestion to Khalid, save the attorney' fee and open a grocery shop.

Hassan May 20, 2017 05:25am

If found guilty he should be suspended for life. Possible consideration for jail term. Example should be made of cheating cricketers. I'd rather support a team/player that fails but plays honestly than one that wins the tournament but plays dirty somewhere along the way

Abdulla Hussain May 20, 2017 02:00pm

I think henceforth PCB should make a non exceptional policy of dealing with iron hand with corrupt practices under its domain. The players should also sufficiently informed how to deal with such offers & advancement. Some country is using spot fixing as a tool to deliberately lure some of Team Pakistan's good performer into wrong doing and getting caught because in their opinion these players can damage their chance in the next international tournament. We have seen this in the last world cup when mysteriously three of our best performers were cornered with such plan that ultimately banned them from performing in the then world cup.

Yankee Cricket Fan May 21, 2017 12:49am

@Hassan You know nothing even close to what you are suggesting is going to happen. He might be proven guilty, and given a 5 year ban. He will start playing in 18 months, and if he is in top form, will be playing international cricket shortly after that. Fundamentally, he is part of a corrupt society and in their eyes, what he did is not really that big a crime.