Sharjeel appears before PCB tribunal, Latif fails to do so

Sharjeel’s formal hearing will take place on May 15

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Opening batsman Sharjeel Khan appeared before a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tribunal on Friday to hear the corruption charges he is alleged to have committed in regards to the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

However, his Pakistan and Islamabad United team-mate Khalid Latif was not present due to health reasons. As a result, his hearing has been postponed by a week, but no future adjournments will be given.

At his hearing, Sharjeel was given a deadline of May 5 to respond to his charges against him as his hearing will take place on May 15 in Lahore.

As for Latif, a date for his formal hearing will be finalised when he appears before the tribunal on March 31.

“He made an application for adjournment via email to the Chairman of the Tribunal citing health reasons and requesting that proceedings be adjourned to next week,” a PCB statement said. “In the interest of justice the request is allowed and the proceedings in respect of Khalid are adjourned to 11:30am on 31st March 2017. Notice would also be issued with a stipulation that no further adjournment would be granted.

“The Tribunal in consultation with both parties agreed upon the procedure and timelines to be adopted under the Anti-Corruption Code. PCB shall submit its opening brief detailing its claims along with the evidence to be relied on by 14th April 2017.”

The three-man tribunal consists of  Justice Asghar Haider (retired), former PCB chairman Tauqir Zia and ex-wicketkeeper Wasim Bari.

Meanwhile, with Nasir Jamshed being arrested in the United Kingdom, the PCB will send two officials to the country to question the out-of-favour opener.

“This time period (until April 14) has been agreed in order to give the PCB ACU an opportunity to travel to UK to interview Nasir Jamshed and meet with relevant UK authorities and determine if any of its findings are to be incorporated in the prosecution,” the PCB statement said.

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