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Khalid, Shahzaib adopt contrasting approach towards tribunal

LAHORE: While cricketer Khalid Latif continued to boycott PCB anti-corruption proceedings, another player Shahzaib Hasan showed trust in the tribunal, which is hearing the spot-fixing case reported at the second edition of the Pakistan Super League.

Khalid was to appear before the tribunal on Monday but his lawyer had announced on Saturday that his client would not appear before it as they had no trust in it.

Khalid’s counsel Badar Alam issued a press statement on Monday, saying they were not expecting justice from the tribunal.

He said all the three members of the tribunal had worked for the PCB in the past and the PCB disciplinary committee should hear the case first.

Badar further said the tribunal had refused to give him recordings of May 19 hearing in which PCB’s lawyer passed negative remarks about him.

He alleged that the tribunal had already decided to punish Khalid so they would not appear before it until their demands were met.

PCB’s attorney Tafazzul Rizvi said the tribunal watched videos of Khalid and noticed that grips of the bat found from his bag were given to him by a bookie.

He maintained that Khalid first met the bookie on Feb 8 and then on Feb 9.

Tafazzul said proceedings of the tribunal were moving forward according to the constitution and the case will most probably be decided by next week.

Meanwhile, Shahzaib’s lawyer Kashif Rajwana said he had submitted the reply from his client to the tribunal.

It comprised 78 pages and now the PCB, if necessary, would submit its reply on June 1.

“We trust the tribunal and as the PCB has already ensured us that it will not go beyond the proof it gave to the tribunal, we will not say anything which raises doubts over merit of the case,” the lawyer said.

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