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PCB: No need for commission if Latif, Sharjeel admit guilt

Sharjeel Khan

Karachi: A top official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday said that the need to form a commission to decide the level of disciplinary action against Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif will not be required if the duo admit to the charge of their involvement in spot fixing.

The two players who were sent back home from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) second edition in Dubai on charges of spot fixing met head of the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit, Colonel (retd) Azam in Lahore yesterday.

The duo had been called by the ACU chief to hear their version, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan revealed. "They are being heard out and if they want more time they will be given 10 to 15 days to come up their explanation," he said.

Shaharyar made it clear that if the two players admitted to their guilt no commission would be formed to hold proper hearing into the charges against them.

"The PCB will decide what to do but one thing is clear exemplary punishment will be given to players involved in wrong doing," Shaharyar added. He said no leniency would be shown to the players. However, legal experts have expressed their surprise on PCB’s move.

"It begs clarification as to why hear them out now when the PCB took the decision to suspend them. In a way the PCB declared them guilty of spot fixing as they were sent back under the anti-corruption code," a legal expert said.

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