KARACHI - A three-member tribunal investigating the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing case reserved the decision on the alleged non-cooperation by Nasir Jamshed, with the former opener’s lawyer suggesting that the decision had already been made.
Jamshed is alleged to have acted as the “go between” so the alleged bookie and some players could strike a deal during the second edition of the PSL, held in February-March this year.
Reportedly, Jamshed phoned Khalid Latif to ask him to meet his friend in Dubai, who allegedly offered Sharjeel and Khalid a deal to play dot balls in the first match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi.
Jamshed and an unknown man were arrested by the National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom that same month and their passports were confiscated but they were not charged. Sharjeel and Khalid have already been banned for five years each, with Sharjeel’s ban including a suspension of two-and-a-half years. Khalid was also fined one million rupees.
Jamshed, who played two Tests, 48 One-Day Internationals and 18 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan, appeared before the tribunal to give his side of the story. He was only charged for non-cooperation with the inquiry.
Jamshed’s lawyer, Hasan Warraich, had failed to turn up for proceedings the last time, but he appeared before the tribunal on Friday (November 24) and insisted that the PCB had made up their mind well in advance. “We know the decision, so the real case will be fought in the court,” said Warraich.
Taffazul Rizvi, PCB’s legal adviser, argued the fact that Yousuf Anwar is a bookie was established. “It is established that Yousuf is a bookie,” said Rizvi. “Why did National Crime Agency confiscate Jamshed’s passport?”