Khalid Latif rejects spot-fixing allegations, decides to go to trial

LAHORE: Suspended batsman Khalid Latif on Friday rejected all allegations of spot-fixing against him and has decided to go to trial.

Latif appeared before the Pakistan Cricket Board’s tribunal earlier today, which has been set up to hear the alleged corruption charges against him and fellow suspended cricketer Sharjeel Khan.

During the case proceedings Latif’s lawyer Badar Alam informed that his client has rejected all the allegations and will take the case to trial.

Latif has been charged with breaches of Articles 2.1.1; 2.1.2; 2.1.3, 2.1.4; 2.4.4; and 2.4.5 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code.

The PCB’s anti-corruption tribunal, during its preliminary hearing today at the National Cricket Academy, Lahore, in consultation with both the parties agreed upon the procedure and timelines to be adopted under the anti-corruption code, the PCB said in its press release.

The PCB will submit its opening brief detailing its claims along with the evidence to be relied on by 14th April.

Latif will be provided an opportunity to respond by 5th May 2017 and the PCB may, at its discretion, file a rebuttal by 10th May 2017, the board stated.

The final hearing will commence from 19h May 2017 on a day-to-day basis.

Latif, who was scheduled to appear before the tribunal along with fellow Islamabad United opener Sharjeel Khan last week, had not appeared citing health reasons. As a result, his hearing was postponed by a week on the condition that no future adjournment would be granted.

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