LAHORE: Batsman Khalid Latif has been banned for five years by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption tribunal for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal in the Pakistan Super League.
In its verdict against the suspended opener on Wednesday, the tribunal also imposed a fine of PKR 1 million on the cricketer.
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.
Anti Corruption Tribunal has found Khalid Latif guiltily of all charges, therefore has announced a ban of 5 years & a fine of PKR 1 Million
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 20, 2017
Latif and Sharjeel were provisionally suspended and sent home from the T20 competition in February, after an investigation by the board’s anti-corruption unit.
During the case proceedings that followed, Latif and his lawyer Badar Alam continued to challenge the constitutional validity of the tribunal and its appointed members. Attempts by Latif to challenge the tribunal in the Lahore High Court, however, failed more than once.
Sharjeel Khan was banned for five years, with half of the sentence suspended, by the PCB tribunal earlier this month. He will not be able to play domestic or international cricket for half the sentence and will be kept under observation for its duration.
Khalid Latif’s lawyer Badar Alam, speaking to News Channel, said he refuses to accept the tribunal’s verdict.
“The [tribunal] verdict has no legal value,” said Alam, adding that he will challenge the decision once the detailed verdict is out.
“The verdict is unacceptable, we will challenge it,” he reiterated.-Web Desk