British agency’s tip-off helped uncover PSL scandal
Chairman ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, Ronnie Flanagan here on Thursday appeared before the Anti-Corruption Tribunal that is currently adjudicating Sharjeel Khan’s PSL spot fixing case.
Flanagan also met Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board, Shaharyar Khan and Chairman Executive Committee Najam Sethi in their offices.
After his appearance at the Anti-Corruption Tribunal, Flanagan while talking to media applauded PCB’s strong stance against corrupt practices in the game.
He said “It is a privilege as Chairman ICC ACU to assist in a small way since it is purely a matter of the PCB management and the Security Department. We are only trying to assist in the process; I must say that the Tribunal proceedings are taking place in a very professional way.
As Chairman ICC ACU I work very closely with domestic anti-corruption units around the world and I must add that the PCB, Anti-Corruption and Vigilance Unit have shown great determination in their fight against corruption.
It would be inappropriate to discuss exact evidence at this stage, the inquiry was absolutely led by the PCB, at a certain stage we reached intelligence from the British Crime Agency, we simply passed that information to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department and they already had the same intelligence, it was, if you like a corroboration of what they already knew and what they were already engaged in. The intelligence was shared before the start of the PSL (2017 edition).”
Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and spinner Mohammad Nawaz have already been banned for six months with six suspended, and one month with one suspended, respectively after confessing to failing to report offers to fix matches. Sharjeel was charged for failing to report an offer to fix and for playing two ‘dot balls’ in exchange for money. Latif, whose proceedings will begin later, was charged for luring others to spot fixing.
Opening batsmen Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed, who did not feature in the tournament, have been charged with more serious offences and face bans ranging from five years to life, if found guilty.—APP