Pakistani batsman Shahzaib Hasan is the latest addition to the list of cricketers who have been charged for spot-fixing by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Hasan was formally charged and provisionally suspended by the PCB in relation to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing charges.
Hasan played for the Karachi Kings during the second edition of PSL, but unlike a few other players, he was not suspended while the series was still going on. It appears that Hasan was approached by match-fixers who wanted to corrupt the PSL, but he failed to report this to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).On Friday, Shahzaib was summoned before the ACU for the third time and he has been charged with violations of Code Articles 2.1.4, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 and has been suspended from participating in all forms of cricket with immediate effect.
Shahzaib now has 14 days to respond to the Notice of Charge, and during this time he has the chance to explain his stance.
Article 2.1.4 of the PCB’s anti-corruption code states: “Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach any of the foregoing provisions of this Article 2.1.”
Article 2.4.4 reads: “Failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code.”
Article 2.4.5 states: “Failing or refusing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any incident, fact, or matter that comes to the attention of a Participant that may evidence Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code by another Participant, including (without limitation) approaches or invitations that have been received by another Participant to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of this Anti-Corruption Code.”
Fast bowler Muhammad Irfan has also been summoned by the ACU and he has been formally charged with violating the anti-corruption code. He has also been suspended by the PCB.
On Thursday, the Federal Investigation Agency sent notices to cricketers Sharjeel Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Khalid Latif and Muhammad Irfan for their alleged role in spot fixing during PSL 2017.