PSL spot-fixing: Interior minister orders ‘tainted’ cricketers be put on ECL


Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday gave the green signal to put the names of five players involved in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Among the players suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board are Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan. According to a representative of the Interior Ministry, Nisar had been briefed that Khalid Latif and Mohammad Irfan have already recorded their statements with the FIA. The rest of the players will record their statements by tomorrow.

Chaudhry Nisar directed officials of his ministry to investigate the bookies who were also involved in the PSL spot-fixing scandal. The rest of the players will record their statements by tomorrow. In the ongoing case, the board has so far suspended four current or former national stars.

The interior minister further ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to crack down on gambling websites in order to discourage and end spot fixing in cricket games.

Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, fellow members of the Islamabad United team that took part in the tournament, were also provisionally suspended and charged last month over meeting a man suspected of being linked to an international betting syndicate.

Former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed was also provisionally suspended on charges of being a “go between” in the spot-fixing incident. Jamshed and another unnamed person were arrested in Britain last month but were bailed until April.