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Pakistan bans spinner Mohammad Nawaz for one month

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz for a month after he admitted failing to disclose an approach by a bookmaker to engage in corrupt practices.

cricket Updated: May 17, 2017 17:16 IST
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Mohammad Nawaz (R) has played three Tests, nine One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan.(Reuters)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday banned all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz for one month and fined him approximately $2,000 after he admitted failing to disclose an approach by a bookmaker to engage in corrupt practices.

The 23-year-old, regarded as a bright prospect for Pakistan, was part of the Twenty20 squad in the West Indies in March but returned home without playing a match.

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He becomes the second casualty of a wide-ranging investigation after fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan was banned for six months with six suspended and fined one million rupees ($10,000) after admitting to similar charges.

Four other players -- Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hasan are also under investigation by a three-member tribunal and are provisionally suspended.

The cases pertain to corruption in the Twenty20 Pakistan Super League (PSL) held in United Arab Emirates in February to March this year.

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The PCB has so far not revealed any details about the cases, including the identities of the bookmakers, what they asked players to do, and the amounts involved -- though unconfirmed reports have cropped up in the local media.

“Nawaz was charged with a single violation, on one occasion, which he failed to disclose to the PCB vigilance and security department, full details of the approaches and invitations received by him to engage in corrupt conduct,” the PCB said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

It added that the player’s admission of guilt had led to a lighter sentence.

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Nawaz, who appeared for the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL, has so far played three Tests, nine one-day internationals and five Twenty20s.

His last international outing came during an ODI in Pakistan’s tour of Australia in January.

If found guilty, the four remaining players face bans ranging from five years to lifetime, because their charges related to more serious offences and they have not admitted their guilt.

First Published: May 17, 2017 17:12 IST