PCB awaits further evidence in Sharjeel’s spot-fixing case

Karachi [Pakistan], June 8 : The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has urged its anti-corruption tribunal-which is probing the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal-- to stop hearing of discarded batsman Sharjeel Khan's case until it receives further evidence from the British's National Crime Agency.

According the Dawn, the tribunal is expected to take the decision on the request on Friday. Reflecting on the same, PCB's lawyer said that the England National Crime Agency had contacted the country's cricket board and had informed them that they wanted to share more information with them which they had gathered after thorough investigation.

"After this development, we requested the tribunal that we were withdrawing our request of Sharjeel Khan's and Khalid Latif's production as witnesses," the Dawn quoted the PCB lawyer, as saying.

"However, we can forward the same request again if any need arises," he added. Hitting back over PCB's move, Sharjeel's counsel Sheghan Ijaz said that the Pakistan board is using delaying tactics by making a request one day and withdrawing the same the next day.

Meanwhile, cases of Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed, which are not being run on day-to-day basis, will continue to proceed according to their respective schedules.

Earlier, the PCB had accused Sharjeel of agreeing to a spot-fixing plan and of failing to report an approach, charges punishable by a ban ranging from five years to life.

The allegation relates to a match between Sharjeel's team Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in February in which the left-handed batsman scored a single off four deliveries including two dot balls.

On March 6, a three-member tribunal was formed by the PCB to investigate the spot-fixing case allegedly involving Sharjeel and Khalid Latif.

Source: ANI