Pakistan news March 17, 2017

Shahzaib Hasan provisionally suspended from cricket


Shahzaib Hasan made 19 and 0 in his only two PSL innings this year © PCB

Batsman Shahzaib Hasan has become the fifth Pakistan player to be provisionally suspended by the PCB as part of its investigation into alleged corruption in the Pakistan Super League.

Shahzaib was suspended with immediate effect from all forms of cricket for allegedly failing to report a suspect approach in time and in full detail, and also for allegedly inducing players in corruption indirectly.

He was charged with breaching three major clauses of the PCB's anti-corruption code - 2.1.4, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 - and was given 14 days to respond, the board confirmed.

Shahzaib, along with fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, was summoned by the PCB in relation to the investigation into alleged corruption in the PSL. ESPNcricinfo understands that Shahzaib was questioned over two days about his relations with the already suspended Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif and was asked why he had delayed reporting an approach by three days. Irfan had also been suspended for allegedly failing to report a corrupt approach.

It has been more than six years since Shahzaib last played for Pakistan and the highlight of his brief international career was the World T20 victory in 2009. His flamboyance was the defining feature of his batting but inconsistency in domestic cricket limited his career to three ODIs and 10 T20Is between 2009 and 2010. Two weeks before the PSL in UAE this year, Shahzaib scored 171 off 117 in the semi-final of the Regional One Day Cup but did not find that form with Karachi Kings, making 19 and 0 in two innings.

The corruption scandal in the PSL broke when batsmen Sharjeel and Latif were charged in February, after which an independent tribunal was set up to conduct an inquiry because the players contested some of the charges. Former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed was also suspended by the PCB and later arrested in the UK as part of the same investigation. He was then released on bail.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • J on March 18, 2017, 18:09 GMT

    This is one field where Pakistan is definitely number 1. No competition here - they win hands down.

  • shani on March 18, 2017, 16:10 GMT

    Pcb should suspend them for life,,, and make law more superior then players

  • T on March 18, 2017, 2:27 GMT

    @CRICFAN5598394750: Agreed. If these are 5 players you are talking about. Akmals, Shoaib Malik, Shehzad, Wahab

  • tayyib5546152 on March 18, 2017, 2:18 GMT

    I don't want see these 5players any more in Pakistan cricket... they will spoil the wholes PCB please take strong action against him..

  • Amjad on March 18, 2017, 1:02 GMT

    I see life bans coming down to few of them and rightly so. Its about time PCB come down on such characters with a sledge hammer. By the way, where are those who used to say, everyone needs a second chance. Cheating in cricket is paramount to killing the sport and as such the penalty should be a life ban. Its like if someone commits a murder, he loses the right to his own life. Cricket should be the same, you try to destroy the sport then you lose the right to ever be part of it again.

  •   Ali Hamza on March 17, 2017, 17:01 GMT

    @KevinFernandes Shajeel, khalid, nasir, irfan and 5th shahzaib

  • Shabbir on March 17, 2017, 14:33 GMT

    It's ok for Pakistan to look for international support to improve the state of cricket in the country, but they should look to their own players first. What impression are they giving? What respect are they showing for the game of cricket. It's true that sporadic players from around the world have been involved in match fixing, ball tampering er al but Pakistan seem to have their own trademark in it. Shame

  • kashif2962284 on March 17, 2017, 12:02 GMT

    Shajeel, khalid, nasir, irfan and 5th shahzaib

  • Unni on March 17, 2017, 11:52 GMT

    Its shocking really. Despite so many instances of guysing getting caught in Pakistan, their players commit same mistakes again and again. Kudos to PCB for handing out suspensions but they need to see why more and more players fall for such lures

  • luk4me4524808 on March 17, 2017, 11:47 GMT

    latif n sharjeel are the real losses, rest were in and out of the team. Even Irfan recently wasn't a regular

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