Pakistan news March 10, 2017

Irfan, Shahzaib called up in PSL investigation

Mohammad Irfan has been called in for further questioning by the PCB's anti-corruption unit © Getty/ICC

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and batsman Shahzaib Hasan have been summoned by the PCB in relation to their investigation into alleged corruption in the PSL. Both men had been called in for questioning by the anti-corruption unit in Dubai last month but were given a clean chit to continue playing the tournament. Now, a PCB spokesman said, they face the possibility of being charged.

Two cricketers - Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif - have already been charged by the PCB for various code-of-conduct breaches, including attempting to corrupt a cricket match. A three-member tribunal has been set up to hear their cases next week in Lahore.

Irfan and Shahzaib had previously come forward to report approaches made on them at the PSL. They have now been recalled so that the anti-corruption unit could vet their stories.

"PCB has initiated the investigation from the lead left in Dubai," A spokesman told reporters at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. "It has started with both [Shahzaib and Irfan] being issued a demand note and by that both are bound to share all the information with PCB anti-corruption unit.

"Irfan has been summoned to appear on Monday while Shahzaib has been asked to appear on Tuesday. PCB anti-corruption unit will assess their evidence and information and will determine whether to charge them or not."

Amid the ongoing investigation, Irfan has not been selected in a pool of 31 players to undergo a training camp ahead of the West Indies tour. Shahzaib, however, has not been in contention for a place in the national team since 2010, when he played the last of his three ODIs and 10 T20Is. Sharjeel and Latif are currently provisionally suspended.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • iqbal7861 on March 12, 2017, 17:44 GMT

    Most of the comments here are focusing on Hafeez for all the wrong reasons. The main culprit is Nasir Jamshed who tried to set up Sharjeel and Latif because he wanted to make a comeback in the team and get both the players out of his way. Jamshed belongs to an influential family and with both the players outta the picture he not only would have been picked but there wouldn't have been any out cry from any quarters in Pakistan. Sharjeel and Latif would be cleared of any wrongdoings because PCB suspended them in a haste without any investigation. The explanations given by both the players have so far actually matched their stories and both are ready to take PCB to the courts if it comes to that.

  • viswanath on March 12, 2017, 12:24 GMT

    These players keep making mistakes again and again. They do this because punishment is only for few years , or few months, after than they can return back. If proved guilty , players must be banned for life , that is the ideal punishment.

  • Waseem Raja on March 11, 2017, 8:39 GMT

    Stupid of people who are saying that someone somehow conspire against alleged players. Why nobody does this to YK, Misbah, Moyu, Gul, Anwar n other big names in Pak cricket who were always clean of such allegations. This is just a stupid logic and was presented in 2010 aswel. Regarding Hafeez n Azhar they sure be laughing but not coz they will get selected instead their point has been proven right. Say No to fixing of any kind.

  • Cricinfouser on March 11, 2017, 1:58 GMT

    @MOAZ786 Yes you are the only one. If your logic is that Sharjeel was Pakistan's best batsman and thus, is being conspired against. Then I would like to tell you that if there was a conspiracy against the 'best' batsman, that batsman would have been Babar Azam.

  • molab14586992 on March 10, 2017, 20:27 GMT

    Hafeeza will never go makes me cry when i wake up and find sharjeel is gone for good for a plot made on him prove your innocent then make the team was waiting for him to bash the indian bowlers in the champions trophy out of the attack but know we have to put up with hafeez the professor of knicking behind and azhar is a blockster imagine 1:Sharjeel 2:Fakhar 3:Babar 4:Malik 5:Sarfraz 6:Saad ali 7:Imad 8:Shadab 9:Amir 10:Hassan ali 11:Irfan bowling mint batting good fielding apart from the odd 2 good nooooooooo

  • Muhammad on March 10, 2017, 19:46 GMT

    Am I seriously the only person who thinks the allegations against Latif and Sharjeel are false and fabricated?

  • Mir Abdur Raouf on March 10, 2017, 18:50 GMT

    @babuRao Hafeez and Azhar will also be laughing because they were the ones who were initially refusing to play with Amir. It more than proves their point of not allowing anyone back in after a case is proved against them.

  • imrpat7403107 on March 10, 2017, 18:33 GMT

    Shahzaib is an asset and just started to play more matured innings lately and than this happens. I hope he is innocent and is able to make his way back into national team

  • Nauman on March 10, 2017, 18:26 GMT

    In all this, only 2 men will be laughing quietly - Hafeez & Azhar Ali. Just when it appeared Sharjeel and Latif will end their ODI careers, they get a life line. I hate to say this but I hope selectors pick (and groom) Ahmed Shehzad. Kamran Akmal will be OK as another opener as an interim solution until a younger player is found. No more Hafeez & Azhar please.

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