PCB has option to recover Khalid Latif’s fine

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Bipin Dani

Observer Correspondent

Mumbai

The lawyer (Badar Alam) of the recently banned Pakistani cricketer Khalid Latif was wondering why his client got harsher punishment than Sharjeel Khan.
On Wednesday, the top order right-handed batsman was penalized for 1 million Pakistani Rupees and given a five-year suspension without the suspended sentence.
“My client (Khalid Latif) did not play the match where the spot-fixing is alleged to have taken place but still got the harsher punishment than Sharjeel Khan, who played the match and got a five year ban with the suspended sentence and no penalty”.
“We shall be appealing against this. Will discuss the detailed order (when it comes) with Khalid Latif and then will decide to appeal against the order”, the lawyer, speaking exclusively, said.
“I am hopeful the situation would not arise when Latif has to pay the fine and face this lengthy ban”.
Apparently, none of the players who were named in Justice Qayyum report paid the penalty. In the year 2000, Justice Mohammad Qayyum was asked to investigate the match-fixing allegations and had recommended the fines be recovered from Salim Malik (Rs. 10 lac), Wasim Akram (Rs. 3 lac)
Mushtaq Ahmad (Rs. 3 lac), Ata-ur-Rehman (Rs. 1 lac), Waqar Younis (Rs. 1 lac), Inzamam-ul-Haq (Rs. 1 lac), Akram Raza (Rs. 1 lac), and Saeed Anwar (Rs. 1 lac).
“It is up to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) how to recover the fine (from Khalid Latif). Our job will be over as soon as we finish the enquiies and issue the detailed order. All files will be handed over to the PCB”, one of the three members of the tribunal panel told to this paper.
If Latif does not appeal or loses the appeal, if he files so, the PCB may recover from his outstandind dues.
“The PCB had handed over a cheque of Rs. 32 lacs to Khalid Latif but was dis-honoured”, his lawyer confirmed.
This may have been immediately after Latif’s name was linked to the spot-fixing.