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PSL 2017: Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif deny spot-fixing allegations

PCB chairman told media that both players will face this punishment if spot-fixing is proved

Former Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar has hit out at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) anti-corruption unit blaming them for the spot-fixing scandal which rocked the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this month. "Players were briefed about cricket betting and bookmakers, however, the two cricketers refused to inform management after meeting a bookie", he told. "Players should not be treated unjustly", he added.

About Mohammad Irfan he stated that he did not pay attention to the bookie's instructions but also did not inform the board, hence he was still under investigation. "If players are innocent then they will be helped".

While talking to the media after briefing the standing committee for sports in senate, Shaharyar said that bookies targeted three players and contacted them through former opening batsman Nasir Jamshed.

"This is how Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan were approached through Nasir Jamshed", he said.

He said the board's ACU was alert as it knew such an incident might take place.

He also said the tribunal should not meet the same fate of Justice (retd) Malik Qayyum commission.

"If they are found guilty of doing any corruption, PCB would ban them for life, not for just five years", said the chairman.

The PCB chief further assured that the investigation into the ongoing spot-fixing row will probably be completed in two weeks before adding that it is now up to the Pakistan government to decide whether they want to hold the PSL final in Lahore.

The duo suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) under its Anti-Corruption Code, as part of an ongoing investigation into an worldwide syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) being played in Dubai.