Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency launches PSL probe

Pauline Gross
March 20, 2017

The Pakistan government has barred five cricketers, who have been accused of spot-fixing, from leaving the country.

Furthermore, FIA briefed Chaudhary Nisar about the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot fixing case as the authority formally started investigation of the scandal.

Five players - Nasir Jamshed, Muhammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hassan, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif - are now under investigation by the anti-corruption unit of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Jamshed had been arrested in the United Kingdom as part of the PSL corruption case but was released on bail.

Pakistan's interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that they had received a request from the FIA to put the cricketers on the ECL and the ministry had issued orders for this action. While, Shahzaib Hasan and Sharjeel Khan will record their statements with FIA on Tuesday.

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Initially, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Lateef were suspended and sent back home when they were caught red-handed meeting with a bookie in a Dubai hotel during the PSL.

The PCB has formed a separate three-member tribunal which includes a retired judge and a retired general to conduct its own inquiry against Sharjeel and Latif.

Later, Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed were also probed and suspended on charges linked to spot-fixing and failure to report approaches by bookmakers during the league.

Nasir Jamshed, the fifth provisionally suspended player, is based in England and his lawyer informed the PCB of Jamshed's inability to travel to Lahore.

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