LAHORE: Suspended cricketer Khalid Latif’s legal counsel has written three fresh applications to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) three-man tribunal seeking a fair opportunity for the player during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing trial, despite missing most of the hearings. The PCB completed its process of arguments, leaving the tribunal to reach a final verdict. Bader Alam, Latif’s lawyer, had already ended his self-imposed boycott against the tribunal on July 11, and now wants to contest the case on merit. While he missed the hearings, the PCB counsel continued with the proceedings and completed their part of arguments by presenting witnesses, depriving Latif and Alam the opportunity of cross examination.
“It was the tribunal that had cross examination in our absence and that strengthens the PCB and weakens our stance,” Alam said in a video statement. “Although we have given the written statements, we want the video recording of the proceedings to see whether the transcription is accurate or not. So we have written to the tribunal to allow us the opportunity to cross examine all five witnesses involved. We have also asked the tribunal if the statements recorded were after a proper oath or otherwise. With all our applications, we have urged the tribunal to set a date allowing us a fair chance to present our case.” Latif is facing six corruption charges and, along with Alam, has been against the composition of the three-man tribunal. The case for Shahzaib Hasan, who is provisionally suspended, was adjourned until August 16 due to the unavailability of PCB’s lawyer.
Published in Daily Times, July 28th 2017.