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PCB fines five players for participating in disapproved cricket

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday fined five players with Rs. 500,000 for participating in disapproved cricket matches in the United States, ARY News has learnt.

Wahab Riaz, Nasir Jamshed, Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq and Shahzaib Hasan alongside banned legspinner Danish Kaneria played in exhibition T20 matches in the month of April that were not organised by the USACA and they did not have No Objection Certificates (NOC) from the PCB.

The PCB had launched an internal investigation into the matter in April and the committee established the players did not obtain the required clearance and recommended fines. It noted Badar's participation was a case of poor judgment and let him off with a reprimand.

According to the PCB, the players had participated in an event that under the ICC Regulations is considered Disapproved Cricket, their contention of not being aware of the NOC requirement was not accepted by the Committee, which recommended that each of them should be fined Rs. 500,000.

The PCB also sought a reply from Kaneria, who has been banned for life from any cricket under the jurisdiction of the ECB after being found guilty of corruption by a disciplinary panel in relation to the spot-fixing case involving Mervyn Westfield.

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