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Pakistan Cricket Board officials had grilled Latif and five other players on allegations of spot-fixing in the Pakistan Super League 2017 T20 championship

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned batsman Khalid Latif for a duration of five years. Charged for having a role in spot-fixing in the 2017 Pakistan Super League T20 championship, the cricket has also been slapped with a fine of 1 million Pakistani Rupees (PKR).

Officials from the board had earlier grilled Latif and five other players over eight charges including allegations of persuading another player to indulge in spot-fixing.

Speaking to news agency PTI, a top PCB official was quoted earlier as saying, “The PCB has leveled eight charges, four of them serious ones against Khalid and if they are all accepted by the tribunal it could end up banning the batsman for at least 10 years.”

Having played five ODIs and 13 T20s for the team’s national side, Khalid (31) is now banned to play any format of the game till 2022.

Confirming the ban on the batsman, PCB shared a post on Twitter.

Speaking to the media, PCB’s legal adviser Tafazzul Rizvi said, “We can’t say right now if the verdict is lenient or not as we’ve not received the full verdict. Once we will, only then we can decide how to move forward.”

However, refuting the charges leveled against Latif, his lawyer Badr Alam claimed that the anti-corruption tribunal was not authorized to take such decision. “We don’t accept this decision and we have already filed a challenge in the Supreme Court against the tribunal,” said Alam.

While during the probe, Latif had earlier refused to appear for the hearings, his lawyer challenged the formation and authority of the tribunal at the Lahore High Court. And despite several efforts, Alam’s objections were dismissed by the court.

Last month, Sharjee Khan, another player of PSL’s Islamabad United was also punished with a ban of five years by the board’s anti-corruption unit. However, unlike Latif, no fine was imposed on Khan.

Pakistan cricket had witnessed incidents of match-fixing and spot-fixing even earlier. The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption tribunal, in 2010, imposed a ban for a minimum of five-years on former Test captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir. The three key players of the Pakistan’s national cricket team were charged for spot-fixing during the team’s tour of England.

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