Spot-fixing scandal continues to bleed PCB

Cost of solving the case soars with each hearing

Saleem Khaliq July 22, 2017

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has failed to wrap up the infamous spot-fixing scandal from the Pakistan Super League second season despite spending hundreds of thousands of rupees on it from its funds, per Daily Express.

During the sophomore season of its prized T20 league this year, Pakistan cricket once again faced a moment of infamy when it occurred that several of its cricketers were embroiled in a fresh spot-fixing scandal.

The board at that time reacted immediately, suspending Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif before adding some other names to the list, but it has failed to conclude the matter despite several months having passed by.

Spot-fixing trial against Sharjeel, others underway

Meanwhile, the three-member tribunal, headed by Justice (R) Asghar Haider and formed to probe the case, has continued to conduct the hearings.

Haider, and the two other members of the said tribunal — former PCB Chairman Lt Gen (R) Tauqir Zia and ex-Test cricketer Waseem Bari — are each paid Rs25,000 per day for their sources, per sources.

According to a modest estimate, the tribunal conducted 29 hearings between May 15 and July 18, totaling to Rs2.1m in payments made to the tribunal members alone, which does not include the legal cost.

Hence, after tarnishing the board's reputation once, the spot-fixing case continues to bleed the PCB.


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