LAHORE: A three-member anti-corruption tribunal, tasked with adjudicating the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing case, on Monday issued notices to the Pakistan Cricket PCB, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif for a preliminary hearing on Friday (March 24) at 11:30 am here at the National Cricket Academy. The tribunal comprises Justice (r) Asghar Haider (chairman), Lt. General (r) Tauqir Zia (member) and former Test player and team manager Wasim Bari (member). The tribunal was constituted after accused players - Khalid and Sharjeel, formally informed the PCB that they would contest the charges levelled against them. Both players were suspended after the first match of the second edition of the Pakistan Super League on spot-fixing charges. Three more players - Mohammad Irfan, Shahzeb Hasan and Nasir Jamshed - have also been suspended following further investigation.
At the preliminary hearing the tribunal, in consultation with legal representatives of the PCB and the players, will decide when the PCB is to submit an opening brief detailing the claims against the two players along with the evidence to be relied on, the date by which the players must respond to the PCB’s opening brief, and the date of the final full hearing. “It is pertinent to mention that the PCB anti-corruption unit or legal department cannot make public any evidence or material as under the code the proceedings are confidential,” said a spokesman for the PCB.
The PCB’s anti-corruption department believes it has built a strong case against the players, who, if found guilty, could face sanctions ranging from suspension of a few years to a lifetime ban. Had the pair admitted to all the breaches in the charge sheet, the PCB would have formed a one-man disciplinary panel to decide on an appropriate sanction on the players.