Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Five-year ban for Pakistan batsman Latif

Five-year ban for Pakistan batsman Latif

Batsman Khalid Latif has been handed a five-year ban for his role in a spot-fixing scandal during this year's Pakistan Super League.

The duo was earlier provisionally suspended by the PCB under its Anti-Corruption Code, as part of their ongoing investigation into an global syndicate which was believed to corrupt the second edition of the PSL.

While the tribunal accepted all five charges against Sharjeel brought up by the PCB, in Khalid's case it found the batsman guilty of an additional charge of coaxing and influencing Sharjeel to meet a bookmaker and involve in spot- fixing in the PSL.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has banned Khalid Latif from all forms of cricket.

The 31-year-old, who represented Pakistan and PSL franchise Islamabad United, was found guilty of all six charges including that of persuading a few other cricketers including teammates Mohammad Irfan and Sharjeel Khan to get involved in spot-fixing, which marred the opening day of the PSL second edition held in Dubai earlier this year.

A veteran on the domestic circuit - he made his debut 17 years ago when he was still 14 - Latif has never quite been able to make the grade at worldwide level. He was also fined 1 million Pakistan Rupees (USD 9489 approximately). He was called up to the ODI side in 2008, but played just five games over two years.

The cases of other two characters of PSL fixing, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed, are being heard by the anti-corruption tribunal, and their decisions are yet to be announced.

"We don't accept this decision and we have already filed a challenge in the Supreme Court against the tribunal", he said. Attempts by Latif to challenge the tribunal in the Lahore High Court, however, failed a couple of times. Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is also serving a life ban imposed on him by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for spot-fixing in country matches in 2012.

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