Pakistan international Nasir Jamshed made himself available to a tribunal investigating alleged spot-fixing in the second edition of the PSL. This was Jamshed’s first appearance in front of the tribunal since it launched the investigation.
The batsman, presently facing a National Crime Agency’s (NCA) investigation in England, is accused by the PCB of arranging a meeting of Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan with Yousuf, a suspected bookie.
Talking to the media at the National Cricket Academy after the hearings, PCB’s lawyer Taffazul Rizvi said: “Jamshed knew that he was being sought since the start of the investigation but he termed his NCA investigation to be the reason behind his unavailability.”
“When we asked Jamshed about the nature of the questions being asked by the NCA, he said that he couldn’t comment on it as he didn’t know the English language,” Rizvi revealed, adding that the batsman admitted he was being provided an interpreter.
According to the PCB’s laywer Jamshed admitted knowing Yousuf but when he was asked about his professional life he told the tribunal that he knew nothing about it.
“He refused to answer any of our questions saying that he will respond to us after consulting his legal counsel in London.”
Jamshed was arrested in London in February along with another man, his identity was kept secret, as the British police investigated the crime. However, Jamshed was released later.
“He [Jamshed] admitted to have been arrested during the hearing,” the PCB’s lawyer told the reporters, “but refused to reveal the identity of the other individual taken into custody.”
The verdict on Sharjeel Khan’s case is expected to be delivered on Wednesday, Rizvi said.