PCB suspends all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz for two months

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According to initial reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz from all formats of the game for two months following investigations into spot-fixing allegations that marred the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The 23-year-old has accepted before the PCB’s anti-corruption unit that he failed to report corrupt approaches made by bookies to the board’s Security and Vigilance Department in time.

“A period of ineligibility of two (02) months has been imposed on Nawaz ( the first-month suspension has commenced from 16th May 2017), one (01) month of which will be suspended upon fulfillment of additional conditions,” a PCB release said on Wednesday.
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“On 15th May 2017, Nawaz approached the PCB to initiate proceedings under Article 5.1.12 of the PCB Code and requested for ‘Agreed Sanction’, a meeting to hold discussions,” the release added.The board also stated that his central contract will remain under suspension during the period of ineligibility.Earlier this week, the PCB had issued a ‘notice of demand’ to Nawaz for possible breaches of its anti-corruption code.

The notice was issued under Article 4.3 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, which states: “The security and vigilance department can make a written demand to any participant to provide in writing and/or by answering questions in person at an interview with any information that the department believes may be relevant to the investigation.”

However, Nawaz’s one-month suspension will be revoked only if he fulfills the following conditions:

  1. That no previous breach of the PCB’s code comes to light after the commencement of the period of ineligibility.
  2. That Nawaz participates under the auspices of PCB in programs of Anti-Corruption education over the next six months.
  3. That he pays a fine Rs 200,000 to the PCB.

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