Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sarfraz Nawaz meets British Crime Agency officials

Sarfraz Nawaz

KARACHI: Former Pakistan Test fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz has had a two-hour meeting with the investigators of National Crime Agency (NCA) in Britain to discuss alleged corruption in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which recently resulted in investigations against cricketers Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and former Pakistan cricketer Nasir Jamshed residing in England. Sarfraz, who met the officers in central London, was quoted as saying: “I had contacted the crime agency last May, briefing them about corruption in Pakistan cricket.

I have also told them that after having ignored the Justice Qayyum report, the PCB has employed so many tainted cricketers in their cricket academy and on various other key posts at very high salaries and that is violation of the code of conduct that they themselves preach. Therefore, the PCB needs to be investigated,” said Sarfraz.

Justice Malik Qayyum was appointed as a one-man investigation tribunal in the late 1990s and his report was made public in year 2000 which resulted in fines of up to Rs300,000 against some of the Pakistan’s top cricket stars such as Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Wasim Akram, and few others including Salim Malik and Ata-ur-Rehman who were banned.

Qayyum report, however, was found out to be based on hearsay and lacked concrete evidence against some of the players and yet they were slapped with hefty fines.

Qayyum himself in TV interviews had admitted that he fined the players for not coming out with the truth and not for match-fixing and that he was being influenced and under pressure during investigation.

Sharjeel, Khalid Latif and Nasir Jamshed have still not been cleared by the PCB probe committee after being challenged by the players who continue to plead their innocence and maintain that that they have been wrongly accused.

The NCA in Britain had also questioned opener Nasir Jamshed. Sarfraz said he was confident that something would come out of his meeting with the officers last Wednesday in London.

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