The Pakistan Super League (PSL) Islamabad United team has named 40-year-old Rafatullah Mohmand as one of the replacements of the two players who were suspended for their alleged involvement in match fixing.
The decision regarding the replacement was communicated on Tuesday morning.
The two players who were provisionally suspended on Friday from Islamabad United were Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan. It was reported that both these players were reportedly involved in spot-fixing and had met bookies for this reason. Inquiry into their alleged links with an international syndicate which attempted to corrupt the PSL, is underway.
“Raffatullah has been confirmed. For The other replacement, that will be done after our next selection meeting,” said an official of team Islamabad United after a high-level meeting of the team management.
Rafatullah is a known name in Pakistan domestic tournaments and he has already played three T20s for Pakistan in 2015. Despite his age, Rafatullah is known to be a super fit player.
“Raffatullah’ exceptional consistency in domestic cricket made him the obvious choice to come in as a replacement,” said the Islamabad United management in a statement.
“Even at the age of 40 he has kept performing and remained fit. And we believe this is just due for his years of performances in the domestic game,” the statement added.
So far the latest developments regarding the match-fixing probe against Khalid and Sharjeel have not been shared with the public.
Islamabad United will play its next match on Wednesday against Quetta Gladiators in Sharjah.