Khalid Latif’s bigger role in spot-fixing deprived him the suspended sentence

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Bipin Dani

Observer Correspondent

Mumbai

Top order Pakistani batsman Khalid Latif, who, on Wednesday has been banned for five years by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointee tribunal, had attended the Anti-Corruption lecture on the same day before he met the bookie on 9th February, 2017, it is learnt here.
“The lecture which was attended on 9th February, i.e.the day of the opening match of PSL-2 (Pakistan Super League) clearly stated (to him and the other players) not to engage in any corrupt activity”, the source close to the tribunal said.
Interestingly, Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan met bookie / fixer at a cafe near Conrad Hotel, Shaikh Zayad Road, Dubai) after the lecture.
Khalid Latif has been fined 1 million Pakistan Rupees and banned on six grave charges without being a suspended sentence because it was also transpired that Sharjeel Khan, in his meeting with the ICC’s Anti-Corruption officials on night 9/10 February admitted that the fixing discussions were also taken up during West Indies tour to Pakistan at UAE in September-October 2016.
“It also emerged that during Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand and Australia from November 2016 to Janaury 2017, Khalid Latif remained in regular communication with Sharjeel Khan. Perhaps that was a “testing ground” to allure Sharjeel into the menace of fixing and examine as to whether Sharjeel would be willing to be part of this…”, the source further added.
This has also been recorded in the detailed report (a copy of which is in our possesion) submitted to Sharjeel Khan.
On 17th February, 2017, Sharjeel Khan is believed to have said to the PCB investigators that Khalid Latif had requested him to meet the man at the insistence of Nasir Jamshed.