LAHORE: Showing no trust on the anti-corruption tribunal, hearing a spot-fixing case against four Pakistani cricketers, lawyer of accused cricketer Nasir Jamshed said he had reservations over the Code of Conducts of the tribunal and its members for withdrawing salary from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Talking to reporters on Thursday after the hearing of Nasir’s case was deferred to Tuesday (Aug 22), lawyer Hassan Warraich said that main reservation was that all members of the tribunal were withdrawing salary from the PCB for their work and furthermore he had raised objections over the Code of Conducts.
Hassan challenged the PCB to come out in the media with all witnesses against his client. The lawyer said he knew it very well what would be the verdict of the tribunal against Nasir.
Nasir is unable to travel to Pakistan from London because National Crime Agency of England had seized his passport after the spot-fixing case surfaced during the Pakistan Super League earlier this year.
Meanwhile, PCB lawyer Taffazul Rizvi said that Nasir’s lawyer was using delaying tactics in the case. He said Hassan wanted to cross-examine two witnesses of the PCB, but only one was available, so he (Nasir lawyer) was not ready to cross-examine the solitary witness.
Asked Hassan had raised reservations over the Code of Conducts, the PCB lawyer said if they had any objection they should go to the court.
But he added that on one hand they were not accepting the Code of Conduct, while on the other they were also appearing before the tribunal.
He said the cricketers were dear to the PCB and the board doesn’t want to defame any player on purpose, before adding when a cricketer caught in a wrong practice he must be penalised.
Published in Dawn, August 18th, 2017