Sharjeel, Latif set to be formally charged

Sharjeel is a regular face in Pakistan’s limited overs squads

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Pakistan batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif are set to be indicted in the ongoing corruption investigation in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Sharjeel and Latif, who represent Islamabad United, were provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last week and were sent home from the tournament, which is being held in the United Arab Emirates.

The duo have held talks with the PCB’s anti-corruption unit over the past two days and both players have requested time to speak to their families before giving their statements.

“We will formally record their statements on video and then indict them in a day or two,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in Lahore on Thursday. “We have to be very careful and make sure the legal process is complete. Legally our stance should be watertight because these players might go to the court.”

In addition to Sharjeel and Latif, out-of-favour opener Nasir Jamshed became the third player to be provisionally suspended, but on Monday, he was arrested in the United Kingdom with another man by the National Crime Authority in connection to the corruption scandal. Jamshed and the other individual were released on bail.

Three other players – Islamabad United’s Mohammad Irfan, Quetta Gladiators’ Zulfiqar Babar and Karachi Kings’ Shazaib Hassan – were questioned by the PCB’s anti-corruption unit, but none of them were suspended.

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