PCB reluctant to cooperate in spot-fixing scandal, say interior ministry sources

Karachi: Interior Ministry sources informed that Federal Investigation Agency has complained about Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB’s) attitude, which is not ready to cooperate in the probing of the case filed against players involved in spot-fixing scandal during PSL 2017.

FIA has launched investigations against those cricketers who were allegedly involved in cricket corruption case during the second edition of Pakistan Super League. The interior ministry has also put the names of five players in Exit Control List (ECL), who were already suspended by the PCB.

The interior minister directed to conduct transparent investigations against those cricketers who defamed Pakistan.

The cricket board has provisionally suspended Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan from all forms of cricket for violating the board’s anti-corruption code.

Sharjeel and Latif, who were suspended during the first week of the PSL for alleged links with an international fixing syndicate, could face a minimum five years’ ban.

Shahzaib Hasan and Muhammad Irfan were also being handed over charge sheet in last week, for their alleged involvement in cricket corruption.

Former opener Nasir Jamshed, who resides in the UK, was suspended during Super League matches and PCB claimed to have ‘concrete evidence’ against him. He was also arrested along with another suspect by Britain’s National Crime Agency but later released on bail.

All the players could face five years to life time suspension from all forms of cricket.