Pakistan news April 14, 2017

Evidence against Sharjeel insufficient - lawyer

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Sharjeel Khan Khalid Latif need to submit their responses for the charges against them by May 5 © Associated Press

The evidence presented against Sharjeel Khan for the alleged corruption charges against him is "insufficient", according to his lawyer Shaigan Ijaz. In the second hearing of the case against him, the PCB presented the evidence in front of three-man tribunal the board had formed, and provided the material to the player and his counsel, who need to submit the response by May 5.

"They have presented the evidences to the tribunal that contain statements of witnesses and some recording of interviews they had done during the investigations," Sharjeel's counsel said. "I want to insist to my media friends that everybody is innocent until or unless proven guilty. Sharjeel Khan is our national asset and our national team player and until the matter is in proceeding and until things are not proved, he is innocent. We will assess the evidence in detail but we understand that these are insufficient."

Similarly, Khalid Latif appeared before the tribunal along with his lawyer and was handed over the evidences. He also needs to respond by May 5.

Sharjeel and Latif were charged by the PCB for alleged breaches of its Anti Corruption Code, during the second season of the PSL in the UAE. The PCB had charged the duo for breaching various articles under Clause 2, for attempts to corrupt a game, and for failing to disclose suspect approaches. Both had challenged the harges and a tribunal was formed to hear their cases.

The specific articles both are alleged to have violated are: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5. In addition, Latif is alleged to have breached 2.1.4. Both players had denied some of the alleged breaches they were accused of but admitted to at least one of the more minor charges that was related to not reporting the corrupt approaches.

The charges are mainly centred on the opening game of the second season of the PSL, as well as activities around it, in Dubai. Islamabad United had registered a comfortable seven-wicket win, by the D/L method, over Peshawar Zalmi. Sharjeel was dismissed for 1 off four balls and Latif did not play the game. Both players were provisionally suspended by the PCB and were sent home with immediate effect.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Ahsen Khan on May 28, 2017, 23:42 GMT

    People hold your perceptions till the result comes. If he is guilty then redicule him as much as you want despite of how good or talented a player he is. but if he is innocent then one should never think he ever involved in spot fixing, having said this I know its easier said then done. I am more interested to know if he found clean then what action should be taken against PCB to milign an individual

  •   Arham Ali on April 17, 2017, 16:22 GMT

    He is right Sharjeel is innocent unless proven guilty by the tribunal He is our asset and we want that he should play for Pakistan

  • sajid on April 16, 2017, 12:27 GMT

    @akbarkhtak... so u r saying u hv proof against sharjeel???or pcb has???show us then...did pcb show something against him?yes or no???when a player is not proven guilty u should respect him...nd a person us always proven guilty when some one has a strong evidence against him...so far pcb is just a talk no proof so plzzz try to respect plyrs

  • Akbar Khattak on April 16, 2017, 5:25 GMT

    We do not need any one who plays with the pride of nation whoever it may be.

  • razy124137107 on April 16, 2017, 1:44 GMT

    pcb should give one chance to sharjeel khan

  • Cricinfouser on April 15, 2017, 18:08 GMT

    Expected the same from Pakistan administration

  • cricfan9595305094 on April 15, 2017, 16:18 GMT

    I think PCB should really chance to Sharjeel khan

  • faiz on April 15, 2017, 16:09 GMT

    Pcb has to be firm. From what we have seen in the media, they are surely guilty. Even if the pcb lawyers have not done a good job, no one can make them select him to play for pakistan. It is time to clean up .

  • zainsi6382792 on April 15, 2017, 15:47 GMT

    Let's hope for the best. Sharjeel is exactly what pakistan needs right now

  • Sid Abbas on April 15, 2017, 15:15 GMT

    This is not a trial its a tribunal there is a bog difference

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