Shahzaib Hasan has become the latest and fifth player to be provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for allegedly violating its anti-corruption code, as the PCB furthers its investigation into alleged corruption practices during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The 27-year-old is charged with breaching three major code-of-conduct clauses – 2.1.4, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 and has been given 14 days to respond to the charge sheet laid against him.
Previously, Shahzaib Hasan – along with Mohammad Irfan – had been summoned by the PCB for questioning in relation to their ongoing investigation into the alleged corruption in the PSL. It is learned that Shahzaib faced hours of questioning by the PCB ACU in which he was also asked about his relations with already suspended Islamabad United players, Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan. When asked about his failure to immediately report corrupt practices to the PCB’s anti-corruption unit, Shahzaib revealed that his family had received threats from the bookies in the past.
Shahzaib has represented Pakistan in 3 ODIs and 10 Twenty20 Internationals between 2009 and 2010.
Previously, left-arm paceman Mohammad Irfan was also suspended for failing to report a corrupt advance. He was charged with two breaches of Article 2.4.4 and given 14 days to respond to the Notice of Charge.
The alleged PSL scandal flared up when the PCB suspended two Islamabad United players, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, under its Anti-Corruption Code as a part of an ongoing investigation. A three-member tribunal has been set up to hear their cases next week in Lahore.
Shahryar Khan, the chairman PCB, has suggested extreme punishments for players who were involved in the attempts to corrupt Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“We took action as soon as we had sufficient evidence. The two boys that were sent back to Pakistan took the same flight as I did and I told them how disappointed I was with their actions. The PCB does not take such scandals lightly.” Khan said.
“I want to make it clear that the PCB wants deterrent punishments for anyone who is really guilty. Players should not think that they will be able to pursue their cricketing careers till four or five years after they have been punished,
“Once the investigation has been finalised, a disciplinary committee will be formed, headed by a senior judge. The committee will then hear what each of the accused has to say before deciding upon a punishment for them.”