The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has provisionally suspended two Islamabad United players under its Anti-Corruption Code as a part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which is believed to be making attempts to corrupt the Pakistan Super League, which started its second season yesterday.
Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan are the two players who have been temporarily suspended, and it is learned that the rigorous and wide-ranging investigation by the PCB – supported by the International Cricket Council (ICC) – will continue as a part of the collective efforts to protect the integrity of this sport.
“It would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of the case, however, this investigation is a clear demonstration of our determination to drive corruption out of our sport,” Najam Sethi, chairman of the PSL, said.
“We will not tolerate any form of corrupt activity and as this investigation proceeds we will not hesitate to take further decisive action as appropriate.
“The investigation of the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit backed by the ICC ACU has been effective in dealing with this case to date and we will continue to work in the closest collaboration as the investigation proceeds.
“We are all absolutely committed to relentlessly pursuing anyone who would seek to damage the integrity of our sport.”
The PCB chairman, Shahryar Khan, also stressed the obligation of players to report any suspicious activity.
“I must remind all players of their responsibilities in the fight against corruption. They must understand that if they even think that they have been the subject of a suspicious approach, it is their obligation to report it to under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code to report it to an appropriate official as a matter of urgency.” Khan said.
“Under no circumstances will the PCB condone actions of a few individuals to bring disrepute to the game of cricket or taint the image of Pakistan.”
Sharjeel played the opening match of the 2017 edition for the defending champions Islamabad on Thursday, where he scored 1 against Peshawar Zalmi, while Latif was not part of the playing 11.
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