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PCB provisionally suspends Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif for spot-fixing in PSL

Sharjeel Khan scored three consecutive fifties for Pakistan in ODI series in Australia
Sharjeel Khan scored three consecutive fifties for Pakistan in ODI series in Australia
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Pakistan batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif have been provisionally suspended by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after they were alleged to have involved in spot-fixing during the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The suspension comes after a joint investigation made by PCB along with International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit in PSL.

Both the players are part of the Islamabad United franchise that registered a seven-wicket win in the opening game of the tournament against Peshawar Zalmi on Thursday. Sharjeel was dismissed for one in the game against Peshawar while Latif failed to find a place in the playing XI.

Sharjeel has been one of the bright spot in Pakistan's limited over team as he scored three consecutive fifties in the ODI series against Australia and has featured in one Test, 25 games in the 50-over format and 15 T20Is while Latif has played 18 limited over games at international level.

Chairman of PSL Najam Sethi made it clear that the board will be relentless in their approach to fight corruption in the game.

"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 our sport.

"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.

"The investigation of the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit backed by the ICC ACU has been effective in dealing with this case to date and we will continue to work in the closest collaboration as the investigation proceeds.

"We are all absolutely committed to relentlessly pursuing anyone who would seek to damage the integrity of our sport."

Meanwhile, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan urged the players to be active in reporting any suspect action.

"I must remind all players of their responsibilities in the fight against corruption.

"They must understand that if they even think they may have been the subject of a suspicious approach, it is their obligation under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code to report it to an appropriate anti-corruption official as a matter of urgency," he said.

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