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Pakistan duo set for spot-fixing charge

17 February 2017

Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan playing in a T20I against the West Indies in September // Getty

Suspended pair to be formally indicted as Pakistan Super League scandal continues

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has announced that suspended cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif will be formally indicted for spot-fixing.

Sharjeel and Latif had informal meetings with officials of the PCB's anti-corruption unit in Lahore over the last two days, during which the players asked for time to consult their families before giving their statements.

"We will formally record their statements on video and then indict them in a day or two," Shaharyar said in Lahore on Thursday.

"We have to be very careful and make sure the legal process is complete. Legally our stance should be watertight because these players might go to the court."

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Last Friday, the PCB provisionally suspended both players, who represented Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League.

On Monday Britain's National Crime Authority arrested two men, one of them believed to be former Pakistan opening batsman Nasir Jamshed, before releasing them on bail in connection with spot-fixing in the PSL.

The PCB suspended Jamshed from all forms of cricket.

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The officials of the PSL and PCB claimed to have concrete evidence against both Sharjeel and Latif of involvement in spot-fixing during the PSL.

Three more players - Islamabad United's Mohammad Irfan, Quetta Gladiators' Zulfiqar Babar and Karachi Kings' Shazaib Hassan - were questioned by the PCB's anti-corruption unit, but none of them were suspended.

Sharjeel made his Test debut against Australia in Sydney last month and has played 25 one-day internationals and 15 Twenty20s.

Latif has represented Pakistan in five ODIs and 13 T20s.

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