The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) put the names of the cricketers under investigation for the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) spot-fixing scandal on the Exit Control List (ECL) on Monday, Express News reported.
The news came after Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar approved FIA’s request to bar all those cricketers from leaving the country.
The FIA, in a letter, asked the ministry to prevent the players from travelling abroad till the investigation is completed.
Five players – Nasir Jamshed, Muhammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hassan, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif – are currently under investigation by the anti-corruption unit of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
FIA has already issued notices to four cricketers — Sharjeel, Jamshed, Khalid and Irfan.
On March 16, the players were directed by the FIA to appear before the agency on March 20 and 21 to record their statements.
The investigation into the spot-fixing scandal is being carried out by the FIA on the formal request of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The interior minister, in an earlier media talk, had stated that the FIA would carry out an inquiry irrespective of the fact the PCB was reluctant to probe the case through the agency.
Nisar said the PCB can continue its inquiry but the FIA would still also look into the case.