Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif has been banned from all forms of cricket for a period of five years and slapped with a fine of PKR 1 Million, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Wednesday (September 20). The Anti Corruption Tribunal of the PCB found Latif guilty of all six charges.
Latif, who had been provisionally suspended for his role in the spot fixing scandal that emerged earlier this year during the second edition of Pakistan Super League, was banned after his fellow teammate at Islamabad United, Sharjeel Khan, was slapped with a similar punishment last month.
Responding to question on whether the PCB had enough evidence to mete out the punishment, the board’s legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi said: “The job of PCB is to prove its allegations. PCB has proved six out of six allegations. When all the allegations have been proven, the responsibility is of the Tribunal to sentence.”
Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed, too, are facing similar charges while former fast bowler, Mohammad Irfan, was banned for a period of six months for his failure in reporting the approach to the PCB. He received a six-month ban with six months suspension and was also fined PKR 1 Million.
In February earlier this year, the PCB, in sync with the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, had carried out investigations following which they found that both Sharjeel and Latif were part of a syndicate which was believed to have attempted to corrupt the second edition of the PSL.
Later in May, Latif boycotted the proceedings of a hearing after a three-member tribunal refused to give him a copy of his recorded interview.
While Sharjeel was believed to have accepted allegations that he played out two dot balls on purpose during the game that had been probed, Latif didn’t feature in any of the games.
The 31-year old Latif has played in five ODIs and 13 T20Is, the last of which came in September 2016.