Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said that there would be no need to form a commission to decide the level of disciplinary action against Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif if the duo admit to the charge of their involvement in spot-fixing.
The two players who were sent back home from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai on charges of spot-fixing met head of the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit, Colonel (retd) Azam in Lahore on Wednesday.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said the two had been called by the ACU chief to hear their version of the story. “They are being heard out and if they want more time they will be given 10 to 15 days to come up their explanation,” he said.
Shaharyar made it clear that if the two players admitted to their guilt no commission would be formed to hold proper hearing into the charges against them. “The PCB will decide what to do but one thing is clear exemplary punishment will be given to players involved in wrong doing,” Shaharyar said.
He said no leniency would be shown to the players at all.
However, some legal experts and former players have expressed their surprise on PCB’s move to hear the versions of the alleged players.
“It begs clarification as to why hear them out now when the PCB took the decision to send them back from Dubai and suspend them. In a way the PCB declared them guilty of spot-fixing as they were sent back under the anti-corruption code,” a legal expert said.
“One would have thought that if the PCB had enough material and evidence to suspend them instead of prolonging this matter the Board would just appoint a commission under a judge and start the proceedings against the two players,” he said.
The PCB’s anti-corruption code carries a penalty of bans ranging from six months to life for spot-fixers.
PCB wants to hold PSL final in Lahore
The PCB president also said that it intends to hold the final of the Pakistan Super League’s second edition in Lahore on March 5 and had informed the government about its plans.
“We want to hold the PSL final in Lahore despite the tragic incident in Lahore and we have informed the government about this. If the government doesn’t think it is right to hold the final now in Lahore for security reasons they will let us know,” Shaharyar told the media in Lahore.
Following this week’s terrorist attack outside the Punjab Assembly, the fate of the final hung in balance although the top two officials of the PCB, Khan and Najam Sethi, insist they want to hold it in Lahore as planned. Sethi said on Geo News yesterday that the final would be held in Lahore.
He said that he had already been speaking to foreign players, officials and the five franchise owners on the issue.