The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) charged national team batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif under its anti-corruption code on Saturday and gave them 14 days to respond to the charges.
The charge sheet was issued to both players after they pleaded not guilty and denied any role in spot-fixing during the Pakistan Super League.
PCB’s media manager Amjad Hussain Bhatti said the players have to submit their final stance within 14 days.
“If they plead not guilty the board will form a three member tribunal under a Judge to hold proceedings. But if they accept charges a disciplinary commission will be formed to decide on their future,” he said.
He said the charge sheet issued to them related to offences under the anti-corruption code.
Bhatti confirmed that the players had the right to appeal in any court of law.
The players have been in Lahore since the last three days, meeting with the PCB’s Anti-Corruption head, Colonel (retd) Azam and the board’s legal head and have been questioned after they were sent back home from Dubai on the second day of the PSL.
“The players have been given 14 days to submit their response. All the things have been written in the charge sheet and will be revealed once the process is complete. We can’t reveal the details at the moment,” Bhatti said.
But sources confirmed that Sharjeel and Khalid have been issued notice under the PCB’s anti-corruption code for violation of clauses.
Both the players have been in touch with legal advisors. Bhatti said the PCB had a zero tolerance policy towards corrupt practices, which it believes, is a cancer eating at the heart of the game.
He said the ACU is continuing investigations into any questionable activity by any player or support staff.
Shoaib Akhtar questions suspension logic
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that the PCB could find itself in an embarrassing situation if it is unable to prove the spot-fixing allegations against Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif.
“I don’t know but if Sharjeel and Khalid are pleading not guilty now and if the board has charged them and appointed a commission to probe the matter than I get a feeling perhaps the ACU head overreacted and made a mistake by sending the players home,” Akhtar said on Geo News channel.
“I don’t understand if the board has been saying that the evidence and material against the two is so strong that they were suspended then why are they pleading not guilty and have decided to fight the case,” he said.
“But from what I know the players refused and said they would fight the case. Which I think is their right.”