Sharjeel, Latif admit to meeting bookmaker

“They have accepted that they met with a person in Dubai who later turned out to be a bookmaker”

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Pakistan batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif have both admitted that they met a bookmaker in Dubai.

The duo also conceded that they did not report the approach or tell the team management about the offers made to them by the bookie.

The announcement comes after the pair, who both played for Islamabad United in the recently concluded edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), were issued charge sheets by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“They have accepted that they met with a person in Dubai who later turned out to be a bookmaker,” a PCB source told PTI. “They have also admitted that they breached discipline by not informing the team management about their meeting and offers made to them.”

However, Sharjeel and Latif have insisted that they were not involved in any form of spot-fixing or attempts to corrupt the PSL. As a result, a three-man tribunal will hear the case of the duo, who had two weeks to respond to the charge sheets issued to them on February 18.

The tribunal will consist of Justice (retired) Asghar Haider, former PCB chairman Tauqir Zia and former wicketkeeper Wasim Bari. The trio must have their first hearing within 90 days of the players’ provisional suspensions.

As of now, it remains unclear what will happen to out-of-favour Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed, who was arrested in the United Kingdom with another man before being released on bail.

Like Sharjeel and Latif, Jamshed has also been provisionally suspended by the PCB.

Mohammad Irfan, Zulfiqar Babar and Shahzaib Hasan were also questioned, but no action was taken against any of them.

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