Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif has been banned from playing all kinds of cricket for five years and slapped a fine of one million Pakistan rupees (USD 9489 approximately) as he is found guilty of corrupting the opening match of the second edition of the Pakistan Super League between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi.
Latif, who was part of the United’s squad, agreed to fix a few aspects of the opening match held on February 9, 2017. His ban begins from February 10, 2017, which is when his central contract was suspended.
With none of his sentence suspended, Latif cannot return to cricket till 2022.
The 31-year-old was charged by the Pakistan Cricket Board for violating six articles of its anti-corruption code.
The charges are as follows:
Charge No. 1 – Breach of Article 2.1.1 of the Code by agreeing to fix PSL match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi on February 9, 2017
Charge No. 2 – Breach of Article 2.1.2 by ensuring for betting and or other corrupt practices during the United-Zalmi match
Charge No. 3 – Breach of Article 2.1.3 of the code by seeking and agreeing to accept bribe and/or other reward
Charge No. 4 — Breach of Article 2.1.4 of the code by directly or indirectly soliciting, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging, and/or intentionally facilitating Sharjeel Khan to breach Articles 2.1.1, 2.1.2, and 2.1.3 of the code.
Charge No. 5 – Breach of Article 2.4.4 of the code by failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security department of the approaches and invitations
Charge No. 6 — Breach of Article 2.4.5 by failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department full details of approaches and invitations received by Khalid Latif to corrupt the game.
The ban for the violation of these charges range from five years to lifetime. With Latif found guilty of violating all six codes, the tribunal’s decision to go for the minimum sentence raises questions on how the PCB pursued the case.
When PCB’s legal counsel Taffazul Rizvi was asked whether his side failed to produce profound evidences against the right-handed batsman, Rizvi said: “The PCB’s job was to prove the allegations, which it did. The length of the punishment is tribunal’s discretion. When the detailed judgement is published, we will look into [filing an appeal to get the sentence lengthened] it.”
Latif made his first appearance in the domestic circuit when he was 15. However, he could not cement his place in the senior team.
Considered as one of the aggressive openers, Latif played five ODIs and 13 T20Is for Pakistan, scoring a fifty in both formats. His most recent outing for Pakistan was in a T20I against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates in September last year.
Latif is the fourth player to be banned in the spot-fixing case behind Mohammad Irfan (six months), Mohammad Nawaz, (six months), and Sharjeel (five years with two-and-a-half years suspended).
The PCB is pursuing cases against Nasir Jamshed, who it considers to have engineered the plot, and Shahzaib Hasan.