5th cricketer suspended by Pakistan for corruption issues

ISLAMABAD: A fifth cricketer has been provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board for violating its anti-corruption codes during the recent Pakistan Super League.

Shahzaib Hasan was issued a notice of charge and suspended with immediate effect, the PCB said in a statement on Friday. He has 14 days to respond to the notice.

The charges against Hasan relate to a player allegedly failing to report a suspicious approach in time and in full detail to PCB anti-corruption officials, and also for allegedly involving players in corruption indirectly.

Hasan last played for Pakistan during the 2009 World Twenty20. He has played 10 T20s and three one-day internationals.

In the PSL, he scored 19 and 0 in two innings for Karachi Kings.

The spot-fixing scandal broke in the PSL last month when the PCB provisionally suspended Islamabad United players Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif immediately after United's opening match against Peshawar Zalmi.

The PCB has already formed a three-member tribunal to conduct an inquiry against both players.

Former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed was also suspended after he was first arrested in the U.K. as part of its investigation into alleged corruption in the PSL.

Pakistan international Mohammad Irfan was also suspended. Irfan and Hasan were questioned by anti-corruption officials during the PSL, but were allowed to compete in the T20 tournament.