Pakistan

Sharjeel, Latif confess contact with bookie: PCB chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shehryar Khan says opening batsmen Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan, currently facing suspension on charges of spot-fixing during the Pakistan Super League (PSL), have confessed to be in contact with the bookie, ARY News reported

Mr. Khan told the Senate body that Sharjeel during the in-camera briefing confessed to have played two dot balls during the match in the ongoing league after ‘deal’ with the bookie. While Latif also admitted to have contacted the bookie.

Shehryar Khan said the players had been provided 14 days to furnish their replies. He said generally bookie either contact through former players or mutual relatives.

The PCB chairman said cricketer Nasir Jamshed facilitated the contact of bookie with Sharjeel and Khalid. “Both of them were in London, and they came to Dubai to meet the two Pakistani openers.”

About increase in scope of investigation, Khan said probe against pace bowler Muhammad Irfan was still underway.

The PCB had already suspended two players of their suspected involvement in the spot fixing.

He said Misbah should tell him about his future plans instead of sharing those thoughts on ‘irrelevant platforms’.

Last week, the PCB chief Shahryar Khan said both the players had sought time to discuss the matter with their families.

The chairman PCB players would likely be indicted after expiry of the time they sought to consult their families.

“We should be vigilant that our legal process is complete and our stance is watertight,” he said.

To a query, he said the logic behind indicting was that PCB wanted them to talk on record as the formal discussion would be recorded on video.

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