The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is extremely upset after the Federal Investigation Agency has launched an investigation into the spot-fixing saga.
The FIA has started an investigation against cricketers – Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hassan and Nasir Jamshed – for their alleged involvement in spot-fixing.
To counter the FIA move, the PCB has constituted a judicial tribunal headed by Justice R Asad Haider Rizvi to probe the spot-fixing matter. “How come during the investigation of the FIA, the PCB can form another high-powered body to investigate the same matter,” an official told OP. He said the PCB high-ups especially Najam Sethi and Subhan Amed do not want FIA to intervene in its affairs. “Perhaps the PCB top officials are worried about they lose their positions in the wake of FIA investigation,” the official said.
The FIA’s cyber crime wing in Lahore headed by Deputy Director Shahid Hasan has interrogated Mohammad Irfan and Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan and Shahzaib Hassan who appeared before the FIA to record their statements.
The FIA had also summoned Nasir Jamshed, but he could not come to Pakistan as his passport has been confiscated by the British authorities and he might be arrested there anytime soon.
The Interior Ministry has also placed the names of Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Shahzaib Hassan on the exit control list, barring them from leaving the country.
“The FIA will not only get a forensic examination of cell phones of the suspected cricketers but also thoroughly interrogate them to find out the truth,” he said, adding PCB’s Col Muhammad Azam would hand over the cell phones of the suspects. “The FIA’s latest forensic equipment will help trace the WhatsApp conversation of the suspects with the bookies,” another source said.
“It has been transpired that it is not the matter of spot-fixing in the Pakistan Super League 2017 matches alone but also some other games and more players can be involved,” the official said, adding some of the suspected players had allegedly communicated with the bookies in Dubai through recorded WhatsApp voice messages.