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Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif has agreed to appear before the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Vigilance and Security Department on Tuesday, but only on one condition.
Latif, who has been provisionally suspended and charged with six breaches of the PCB’s anti-corruption code in relation to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) corruption scandal, wants the senior general manager of the Vigilance and Security Department, Colonel (retired) Azam Khan, to disassociate himself from the ongoing investigation.
In a letter he sent to the PCB last week, Latif claims that Azam “misrepresented the facts” in a notice of demand.
However, the PCB hit back at Latif, saying that his accusations were “frivolous, baseless, and false”.
Latif, who could face even more charges after the PCB found new evidence against him, has since sent a letter to Azam, in which he states that he wants his concerns about a fair investigation to be alleviated.
“It appears that you [Azam] misrepresented the facts to the honourable PCB chairman as you stated in the second notice of demand that I have reservations regarding the entire Anti-Corruption Unit instead of just you. Had the chairman known this, I am sure he would have stopped you from partaking in this investigation,” Latif wrote.
“Since I have no trust in you acting as an investigating officer, I hope you will not be present during my hearing. And if you do, it will be a mala fide act on your part and I will protest.”