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Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif appealed against his five-year ban, but while his suspension was still upheld, he will no longer have to pay a fine of Rs 1 million (approximately US$9,500).
Latif was banned by an independent tribunal last September for his involvement in last year’s Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal and filed an appeal to adjudicator Justice Fakheer Mohammad Khokhar.
While Khokhar removed the fine Latif had to pay, he upheld all six of the charges the 32-year-old was found guilty of.
“Khalid Latif has been found guilty on all charges,” the PCB’s legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “This is a vindication of what the PCB had been saying. He met bookies twice, and the second time, when he took Sharjeel Khan along with him, provided conclusive proof of his guilt.
“The PCB does not take pleasure from meting out punishment to any cricketer, but the law must be upheld. We need to rid ourselves of corrupt cricketers like these. I hope all other cricketers learn a lesson from this case. If anyone is even thinking of indulging in corrupt practices, they should banish the thought. And if anyone is illicitly approached, they must report it immediately.”
Rizvi pointed out that Khokhar probably waived the fine since Latif’s cricketing career is most likely over as he will be 36 when his ban expires.
“I think the reason for the fine being set aside was that with his career over, it would have been difficult for him [to pay it],” Rizvi said. “Everyone knows the effects a five-year ban can have on someone.”