Shahzaib fifth cricketer to be suspended by PCB

Indo Asian News Service

Lahore, March 17 (IANS) The PCB on Friday provisionally suspended opening batsman Shahzaib Hasan from playing all forms of cricket, making him the fifth player to be handed the penalty for alleged corruption in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 tournament.

"The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday issued Shahzaib a Notice of Charge and provisionally suspended him with immediate effect from participating in all forms of cricket," a statement from the cricket board read.

The Karachi Kings player has 14 days to respond to the notice.

"Shahzaib has been charged with violations of Code Articles 2.1.4, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 and now has 14 days to respond to the Notice of Charge.

"PCB ACU's (anti-corruption unit) investigations into corrupt practices will continue," the release added.

Shahzaib, along with suspended fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, was summoned by the PCB in relation to the investigation into alleged corruption in the PSL.

Shahzaib, who played three One-day Internationals (ODI) and 10 T20 Internationals, last featured in an international fixure more than six years back.

He could only muster 19 and a duck in the two innings he played for the Karachi franchise in the recently-concluded PSL.

The PCB's ACU unit has already issued notices of charge to four cricketers -- batsmen Nasir Jamshed, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and paceman Mohammad Irfan -- in the PSL spot-fixing inquiry.

--IANS

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