PSL Spot-fixing: Five-year ban upheld, hefty fine waived off over Khalid Latif
Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif has pleaded against the five-year ban imposed on him by the Anti-Corruption Tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following the involvement in the spot-fixing scandal during the second edition of the lucrative Twenty20 Pakistan Premier League (PSL).
Before the overruling of the application, Latif filed the plea while considering an independent arbitrator justice retired Faqir Muhammad Khokhar recently after the ban was imposed in September 2017 by the Board.
Latif’s respite from massive fine:
The 32-year-old found some respite when the hefty fine imposed upon him during the verdict was waived off on Wednesday while considering the professional career of the batsman has come to an end.
“The fine of Rs1 million has been waived off,” PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.
However, the right-handed top-order batsman from Karachi, Latif found his appeal was rejected as the Appellate Tribune has upheld the decision regarding the five-year ban.
“The decision of the appeal of Khalid Latif was given by an independent adjudicator in which the five-year ban that was handed to the cricketer by the PCB anti-corruption tribunal has been upheld,” Rizvi said.
Latif represented the PSL franchise Islamabad United in both the editions which further saw him lambasting the ACU alongside his lawyer before being banned
“The PCB was being questioned regarding the evidence they have against Latif but now it’s clear that Latif was unable to explain his second meeting with the bookie, upon which his ban was upheld,” Rizvi added.
Earlier, Latif was charged PKR one million for being involved in meeting the bookmakers in a bid to corrupt the gentleman’s game in February 2017 when the PSL tournament kicked off in the United Arab Emirates.
As many as six charges were levelled against Latif when PCB’s ACU revealed the batsman has accepted the lucrative offer to malign the game.
The 32-year-old had filed an appeal with the spot-fixing allegations relate to a match between Latif’s team Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in February during the second edition of the PSL.
PCB’s hailed for zero tolerance:
Concluding, the former chief selector of PCB Salahuddin Sallu has hailed the decision of the retired adjudicator
“This is a very good decision, as all corrupt cricketers should be banned,” Sallu maintained.
Moreover, Sallu has lauded the efforts of the national Board while reiterating such cash-rich league has often attracted the bookmakers and urged youngsters to focus on the game to stay away from the menace.
PCB’s ACU investigated the matter thoroughly:
Owing to the six breaches of the Code of Conduct set up by the PCB, Latif has failed to report the approaches – to the Board before the ACU swung into action which included as many as five players who were found guilty of fixing which further includes Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz in particular.
The three-man tribunal was set up by the PCB on March 6 which saw the rigorous investigation took place to further suspend opening batsman Nasir Jamshed, who was not participating in the tournament while being in the United Kingdom.
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