Cricketer Shahzaib Hasan was charged with breach of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Anti-Corruption Code by the Anti-Corruption Tribunal (ACT) on Friday.
The ACT in Lahore today charged Hasan during a preliminary hearing of the case pertaining to an ongoing probe into spot-fixing allegations which rocked the Pakistan Super League earlier this year.
Hasan, 27, who was earlier provisionally suspended by the PCB, was charged with breaching articles 2.1.4, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 of the PCB’s code by the tribunal, according to an ACT press release.
Justice (retd) Asghar Haider, Lt Gen (retd) Tauqir Zia, ex-cricketer Wasim Bari, Shahzaib Hasan and his lawyer, two lawyers from the PCB and Col (retd) Mohammad Azam Khan, the head of PCB’s Vigilance and Security Department were present at the tribunal hearing today.
The tribunal agreed upon the procedure and timelines for the case to be adopted under the Anti-Corruption Code.
The PCB is to submit an opening brief detailing its claims along with the evidence by May 4, 2017, the ACT statement said.
Hasan will then be provided with an opportunity to respond by May 18, 2017, and the PCB may, at its discretion, file a rebuttal by May 25, 2017.
The case will be heard on a day-to-day basis starting June 1.
Allegations against Hasan come in the backdrop of a series of allegations of corruption and spot-fixing that marred the second edition of the PSL held in February earlier this year in Dubai.
Along with Shahzaib Hasan, cricketers including Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan and Sharjeel Khan have recently found themselves in the path of PCB’s anti-corruption and vigilance codes.