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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have charged Pakistan and Islamabad United batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif in connection with the ongoing corruption investigation in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The duo were handed official charge sheets by the board and now face the prospect of being banned from the sport for a lengthy period of time.
Both Sharjeel and Latif were charged for allegedly breaching articles 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 of Clause 2 of the PCB’s anti-corruption code. Latif is also understood to have violated article 2.1.4.
“They have been handed notices and been advised to seek legal counsel,” the PCB’s legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi told ESPNcricinfo. “They have 14 days to respond.”
Should Sharjeel and Latif decide to contest the charges against them, an independent tribunal will be set up to hear what the players have to say.
But, if they accept the charges, the chairman of the PCB’s disciplinary panel will decide what punishment to impose on the pair.
It was after the opening game of the PSL that Sharjeel, Latif and Mohammad Irfan were questioned by the PCB’s anti-corruption unit. Sharjeel and Latif were provisionally suspended and sent home from the tournament, which is being held in the United Arab Emirates, while Irfan was allowed to continue playing.
Quetta Gladiators’ Zulfiqar Babar and Karachi Kings’ Shahzaib Hasan were also questioned, but like Irfan, they were not suspended and given the green light to keep playing in the PSL.
Shortly after this, Nasir Jamshed was allegedly implicated and was subsequently arrested by the National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom with another man. Both Jamshed and the other individual were released on bail until April.