Spot-fixing scandal: Players name put on ECL

Spot-fixing scandal: Players name put on ECL

Lahore (Staff Report): Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday has approved putting the names of five players, suspended for alleged involvement in spot-fixing during Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017, on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Earlier, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had the interior ministry to put their names on the Exit Control List (ECL). “The agency has written a letter to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar in which it has requested that the names of Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed be included on the ECL.”

 The interior minister further ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to crack down on gambling websites in order to discourage and end spot fixing in cricket games.

The minister ordered investigations against the bookies involved in the practice as well.

The FIA, which began 'interrogating' the accused today, told Nisar that Latif and Irfan had recorded their statements while the three other players have yet to do so.

Pakistan Cricket Board formed a three members anti-corruption tribunal to investigate the scandal and tasked with adjudicating the spot-fixing allegations, submitted their respective consents on Friday.

The tribunal will now issue notices for a preliminary hearing to both PCB and the players, as per the prescribed procedure. At the preliminary hearing, future procedures and dates of hearings will be decided.

Cricketers Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan have been provisionally suspended from all forms of cricket for violating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code.