CORRUPTION IN PSL
Khalid Latif to face tribunal on May 5 in PSL corruption case
Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Fri, 31 Mar, 2017, 07:33 PM
Khalid Latif appeared before a tribunal in Lahore on March 31 © AFP
Khalid Latif, Pakistan and Islamabad United batsman, will contest some of the six charges of code-of-conduct breach levied upon him by PCB in connection with the Pakistan Super League corruption scandal. Latif appeared before a tribunal in Lahore on Friday (March 31) following which his lawyer Badar Alam told the waiting media that his party would contest the charges “because no one can be convicted on presumptions.”
Latif was one of five Pakistan players under investigation in the PSL corruption case that rocked the T20 tournament’s second season in February. He was suspended from the tournament without playing a game this season under several charges, including that of not reporting suspect approaches. His Islamabad teammate Sharjeel Khan also faces similar accusations pertaining to the opening match of the 2017 edition.
Latif and Sharjeel were provisionally suspended and expelled from the PSL in Dubai on February 10 on charges of meeting a suspicious man linked to an international betting syndicate.
The 34-year-old Latif was originally slated to appear before the tribunal last week but rescheduled the meet owing to ill health. A formal hearing will now take place on May 15 with Latif given until May 5 to respond to the charges. Justice Asghar Haider, former PCB president Tauqir Zia, and Wasim Bari will form the tribunal to hear the players’ defence. Sharjeel is likely to front the panel sometime next week and is also expected to contest some of the charges.
Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan became the first culprit on Wednesday this week when he confessed to the only charge against him, of “not reporting an offer of fixing”. He copped a fine of PKR 1 million and a one-year playing ban, which could be reduced to six months if Irfan assisted PCB in its anti-corruption drive.