PCB saved Sharjeel, Latif from imprisonment: Shoaib Akhtar

Published: February 22, 2017
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Akhtar said both players should be thankful to the board. PHOTO: AFP

Akhtar said both players should be thankful to the board. PHOTO: AFP

Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said on Wednesday that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has saved provisionally suspended batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif from possible imprisonment over corruption allegations.

The Islamabad United pair was provisionally suspended from the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to allegations of fixing. They were subsequently sent back to Pakistan from the United Arab Emirates.

Addressing the media, Akhtar said that the method with which the board conducted the investigation has saved the batsmen from imprisonment.

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“PCB has saved both players [Sharjeel and Latif] from imprisonment,” he said, adding that the duo should be thankful to the board.

“PSL fixing case should be resolved as per the law and should be investigated thoroughly [for future as well],” he added.

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Meanwhile, the former pacer also said that Shahid Afridi does deserve some sort of acknowledgement from the board since the all-rounder retired this week following a 20-year career for Pakistan.

“Even though as a player no one gives you a farewell, I can request the PCB to give him some sort of acknowledgement such as a dinner or a ceremonious function,” he said. “After all, he served the country for 20 years.”

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Reader Comments (2)

  • MJ-Sid
    Feb 23, 2017 - 12:06AM

    Shahid has announced retirement 4 times before. Imagine all the “free” farewell dinner he could have racked up!Recommend

  • Irfan
    Feb 23, 2017 - 10:14AM

    Afridi served the country for 20-Years? Wasn’t he paid for this for more than he deserved? He was not a cricketer, he was just an entertainer. If he would have been playing for any other nation, he must have been dropped long ago. Pakistani players are not like other International players. They announce retirement for two or three times on average in their career.Recommend

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