Shahryar Khan talks about exemplary punishments for guilty players

Accused players if found guilty, will be subjected to the harshest of punishments, Khan
Shahryar Khan

PCB chairman Shahryar Khan told in a press conference on Monday that if proven, players involved in match fixing will be slapped with exemplary punishments. He also praised the efficiency of PCB’s Anti-corruption unit during the press conference.

“The PCB took the lead in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) scandal, unlike the time when the International Cricket Council (ICC) had caught three Pakistani players involved in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal,” Shahryar said.

Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were suspended from the ongoing Pakistan Super League and were sent home from Dubai, however, the investigation is in process at the moment.

“We took action as soon as we had sufficient evidence. The two boys that were sent back to Pakistan took the same flight as I did and I told them how disappointed I was about their actions. The PCB does not take such scandals lightly,” Shehryar added.

PCB boss further told that the PCB has issued show cause notices to Islamabad United’s batting duo. However, Shahzaib Hasan and Zulfiqar Babar have got clean chits.

“Shahzaib Hasan and Zulfiqar Babar have been cleared and no action will be taken against them,” he added.

He further disclosed that Mohammad Irfan is still under investigation and a show cause notice can be issued to him.

“Mohammad Irfan is still being investigated, however he has not been served a show-cause notice at the moment,” he added.

“No one else is being investigated; neither by the PCB nor by the ICC, for any corruption charges,” he clarified.

“Once the investigation has been finalised, a disciplinary committee will be formed, headed by a senior judge. The committee will then hear what each of the accused has to say before deciding upon a punishment for them,” he shared plan for further proceedings.

Shaharyar Khan made it clear that players found guilty should not think they will be able to make a comeback after few years.

“I want to make it clear that the PCB wants deterrent punishments for anyone who is really guilty. Players should not think that they will be able to pursue their cricketing careers till four or five years after they have been punished,” Shehryar said.

Anti-corruption unit has a clear policy that if any corrupt person approaches a player for some wrongdoing, he should let the security officer immediately.

“If the player does not report the incident to an official, they are considered guilty even if they did not plan to take the offer up,” he said.

“The PCB gives great importance to PSL, as it has united the nation,” he said, adding that everyone cares about what happens in the tournament and the nation is happy that the final will be played in Lahore.

“It is our responsibility to a execute a perfect final match with support from everyone, including the media,” he said.