Now, what Latif has to say
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 13, 2017,
Feb 13, 2017, 2:20
PSL Chairman Najam Sethi said two players would be given fair chance to defend themselves against the charges.
Latif did not play and Sharjeel was out for 1 as United won their opening match against Peshawar Zalmi. Sharjeel and Khalid were immediately sent home.
The recent spot fixing scar has appeared at a time when the PCB was making all out efforts to bring worldwide cricket back to Pakistan and also putting in great effort along with the sponsors to hold the second version of PSL in a successful manner by bringing in some top players from around the world.
However, these three players have been allowed to continue playing in the league.
The euphoria around PSL and the celebrations greeting it this time round promised to bring great relief to the dismayed Pakistani cricket fans after a horrendous three-month period of defeats in New Zealand and Australia. The Pakistan Super League (PSL) scandal with the duo of Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif at its centre has once again underlined the fact that where there is professional cricket, dirty money isn't far behind.
Amid speculations about PSL players' involvement in spot-fixing, he took to Twitter to clear the air and said no more player suspensions are envisaged during PSL, provided there is no new cause for action. No further details were released but the pair were thought to be linked to spot-fixing, an illegal betting practice rife in Pakistan cricket in recent years. Latif, 31, was part of Pakistan's World T20 squad in India a year ago and has played five ODIs and 13 T20Is.
Islamabad United left out Irfan from their team for their match against Lahore Qalandars on Saturday which they lost by six wickets.
"Now we are going to show no leniency at all that is for sure because enough is enough we take very good care of our players and they do this". The suspensions come after investigations by PCB, along with ICC's anti-corruption unit in PSL.
"As a part of the investigations, Irfan was also questioned".
PCB maintains it has solid evidence of the wrongdoings of two players.