Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption tribunal slammed a one-year ban and INR 10 lakh worth fine to Pakistan’s 27-year-old opening batsman Shahzaib Hasan for the spot-fixing scandal which had hit the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) last year in United Arab Emirates.
Shahzaib Hasan guilty on three counts of PCB anti-corruption code violation
Shahzaib Hasan was initially charged of three violations of PCB’s anti corruption code. He was later found guilty on two counts of breaching clause 2.4.4 – which pertains to failure in disclosing corrupt approaches – and one count of clause 2.4.5 – which regards to failure in reporting any incident which a player is aware of, which could amount to a breach of the PCB anti-corruption code.
Pakistan cricketers banned by PCB for PSL spot-fixing
Shahzaib has represented the Pakistan national cricket team as well, in three ODIs and 10 T20 cricket matches. He is the sixth player who has been penalised by the PCB for spot fixing controversies that had rocked the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2017.
Sharjeel Khan was another spot-fixing name, who was banned for five years. Khalid Latif was also banned for five years, Mohammad Irfan for one year, Mohammad Nawaz for two months, and Nasir Jamshed was banned for one year for their respective roles in the spot-fixing cases.
Shahzaib Hasan didn’t violate the more serious PCB anti-corruption clause
As reported by the Nation, Shahzaib Hasan was not found guilty of breaching the more serious clause of the PCB anti-corruption code – 2.1.4 – which involves ‘directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any participant to breach any of the foregoing provisions of this article 2.1.’
The third season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2018) is taking place in UAE currently, and the Pakistan Cricket Board has taken extra measures to prevent spot-fixing, with all six PSL 2018 teams being monitored by Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption officers.
PCB waging a war against corrupt practices
Shahzaib Hasan was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board on March 18 in 2017, and given the present circumstances, the opening batsman’s ban will end in the coming three weeks. Speaking to the media, PCB’s legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi said,
“We are waging a war against corrupt practices in cricket and PCB has zero tolerance for any such negative practice.”
“This does not mean that he would resume his cricket career as soon as possible. His ban may end on March 17, but remember that according to the anti-corruption code, you have to go through a rehabilitation process. The first step towards beginning rehabilitation is the acceptance of guilt. If he does not accept that he was guilty, then his rehabilitation process cannot begin.”