Shahzaib Hasan banned for one year in PSL spot-fixing case
An anti-corruption tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday imposed a ban of one year against cricketer Shahzaib Hasan in a spot-fixing case, DawnNewsTV reported.
Hasan was declared guilty of violating three clauses of PCB’s code of conduct for players. The two-member tribunal also imposed a fine of Rs1 million against the player.
The PCB had issued a charge-sheet against him and suspended him on March 18, 2017, over allegations of spot-fixing during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament’s second edition. He was associated with the Karachi Kings during the 2017 season of the league. The board had suspended Hassan from participating in all forms of cricket.
Following the development, Advocate Kashif Rajwana who represented Hassan told the media that his client was not awarded punishment for luring someone into spot-fixing but for informing the board about violations after a delay. The ban will be ended on March 17, he said, adding that he will decide about an appeal against the decision after consultation with Hassan.
PCB Legal Adviser Tafsal Zaidi, however, made it clear that despite completing the term, the player would only be able to play official cricket after a due process under a rehabiliation programme.
He said that the punishment would set an example for other players.
Charges against Hasan
Hasan had been charged under the following provisions of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code:
2.1.4 Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach any of the foregoing provisions of this Article 2.1.
2.4.4 Failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code.
2.4.5 Failing or refusing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any incident, fact, or matter that comes to the attention of a Participant that may evidence Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code by another Participant, including (without limitation) approaches or invitations that have been received by another Participant to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of this Anti-Corruption Code.