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LAHORE: While an official of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption unit appeared on Friday before the anti-corruption tribunal of the Board as witness against Khalid Latif, the hearing of Nasir Jamshed was deferred till June 9 as the PCB was not prepared to submit its reply against Nasir.

According to PCB lawyer Tafazzul Rizvi, the Board’s anti-corruption unit officer explained the details about the bat grips found from Khalid. He said in the case of Nasir, the PCB would submit its reply on June 9.

However, Nasir’s lawyer, who appeared before the tribunal for the first time, said the PCB had failed to prepare the case against his client and was beating about the bush. The PCB failed to prepare the case at the pretext of workload, the lawyer reckoned.

Meanwhile, the PCB lawyer said Khalid’s lawyer, who had left Pakistan for Umrah the other day, knew it well that hearing of his client would be held on daily basis. But even then he made the programme of Umrah, which showed his intention.

According to the PCB lawyer, the lawyer of Shahzaib Hasan, another accused player in the PSL spot-fixing case, had already informed the tribunal about the dates of his absence from the case.

On Monday, Sharjeel Khan’s hearing will be held at 2:00pm, followed by Khalid Latif’s (4:00pm).

Published in Dawn, May 27th, 2017