ISLAMABAD – Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has on Thursday announced that any cricketer found guilty of spot-fixing during the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) will face jail.
“If the UK can afford jail cricketers for corruption, why can’t we do it,” Nisar told media persons in Islamabad.
“This business of spot fixing is our weakness. We cannot let cricketers bring a bad name to Pakistan,” he said. He said that spot-fixing is not just a matter between the cricket board and few players, as quoted by Samaa News.
The interior minister said that a FIR would soon be launched against players after completing an initial inquiry into spot-fixing.
“Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can only suspend or ban players; it doesn’t have the authority to try them,” he added.
The cricket board has suspended Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Mohammad Irfan in connection with their alleged contacts with bookies ahead of the PSL.
Shahzad Hasan, a fourth cricketer, is also likely to face suspension.