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PSL: Fixing allegations

On Thursday, Sharjeel Khan said for Pakistan Super League, “The PSL changed my life.” It was an absolutely prophetic quote. It definitely did n Friday as the Pakistan Cricket Board temporarily suspended Sharjeel and Khalid Latif under the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code. Just after a year cricketer Muhammad Amir was allowed to come back, fixing allegations haunted Pakistan Cricket again. And now the names are Sharjeel and Latif. Sources say that Irfan and Zulfiqar Babar may also get found guilty.

That escalated so quickly. They both played an opening match for Islamabad United on Thursday as they were representing them in PSL and on Friday they both are sent back to Karachi. PCB said that the alleged players had been suspended due to the investigation going on.

Both Sharjeel and Latif are playing internationally for Pakistan. Opening hitter, Sharjeel, the 27-year-old left-hand batsman is the only player to score a century (117) for Islamabad United in PSL last season. He was in the squad for Pakistan tour to New Zealand and Australia recently in that he also made his test debut last month. He has also appeared in 25 One-Day Internationals and 15 Twenty20 Internationals. Khalid Latif, 31, has played five ODIs and 13 T20Is. He came back to the team after long 4 years when playing a T20 against West indies in Abu Dhabi last September in Pakistan’s international last outing in that format.

"We will not tolerate any form of corrupt activity and as this investigation proceeds, we will not hesitate to take further decisive action as appropriate. It would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of the case, however, this investigation is a clear demonstration of our determination to drive corruption out of the sport," said Chairman Najam Sethi.

Islamabad United issued a statement on Sharjeel and Khalid, “We are understandably disappointed at this development but emphasize on our commitment to a zero-tolerance policy towards any violations of the rules or stated guidelines. We will be looking to find replacements for the squad as soon as possible. As per the PCB’s policy and guidelines, we will have no further comment on this issue.”

By the way, there were two players—Muhammad Amir of Pakistan and Marlon Samuels of the West Indies—who also have a stained record but are part of the current Pakistan Super League because they have served their punishments. Amir was along with three players, the other two being former Captain Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif, who all three were banned for five years against planned no-balls while touring England in August 2010. 

In November 2011, he was sentenced to six months in a young offenders’ institution by Southwark Crown Court, England, for conspiracy to cheat at gambling and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments. In January 2015, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said it has allowed Amir to play domestic cricket and had signed with Chittagong Vikings to play the Bangladesh Premier League 2015 season. He was picked for the Pakistan cricket for the tour of New Zealand in 2016. Now both Asif and Salman have finished their suspended period last year.

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