LAHORE: Suspended player Sharjeel Khan appeared before the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption tribunal, which started formal hearing of the spot-fixing case from Friday.
Khalid Latif did not appear before the tribunal despite being on notice.
Chairman of the tribunal Justice (Retd) Asghar Haider presided the Friday hearing. The tribunal, in consultation with both parties, agreed upon the procedure and timelines to be adopted under the anti-corruption code.
Sharjeel’s lawyer informed that matters relating to the spot-fixing allegations and the defence would be dealt with later during the process.
The PCB, meanwhile, will submit its opening brief detailing its claims along with the evidence to be relied on by April 14. According to the PCB release, Sharjeel will be provided an opportunity to respond by May 5 and the PCB may, at its discretion, file a rebuttal by May 10. The final hearing will commence from May 15 on a day-to-day basis.
Sharjeel and Khalid Latif had challenged the charge sheet of the PCB. Both the players had admitted to having made contacts with bookies but denied accepting any monetary benefits from them.