LAHORE: According to the PCB lawyer Taffazul Rizvi, “One (piece) of … evidence is that we seized the bat grips that (a) bookie had given and they were seized from Khalid’s kit bag,” Rizvi added that ‘Khalid had met the bookmaker twice but failed to report the meeting’.
The batsman Khalid Latif is accused of making an attempt to spot-fix, by not reporting an accepted offer of a bookmaker, and enticing other players into the plot.
In counter argument, Badar Alam lawyer of Khalid Latif meanwhile challenged the impartiality of the tribunal on the basis that one of its members was an ex- PCB chairman.
Elaborating the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stated that the bat grips given to Khalid Latif by a bookmaker had been seized. Allegedly, Khalid who was playing as the Islamabad United opener was to use the grips to indicate that he would be part of the spot-fixing plot. Further, Khalid did not play in the opening game on 9th February of Islamabad United against Peshawar Zalmi, but he passed on the grip to Sharjeel Khan. According to an agreed plan Sharjeel allegedly have to play two dot balls.
The PCB facts have been presented after Sir Ronnie Flanagan – Head of International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Safety Unit, became a witness in the case and on Thursday, told the tribunal that Britain’s National Crime Agency had provided the initial tip-off about fixing attempts in the PSL.