The anti-corruption tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday slapped a five-year ban on opening batsman Khalid Latif besides imposing a fine of one million rupees ($9,489 approximately) over a spot-fixing case during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) this year.
He was found guilty of breaching the PCB's Anti-Corruption code.
Unlike Sharjeel Khan, who was banned for 5 years on August 30 for spot-fixing charges emanating from the same match at the PSL, none of Latif's sentence is suspended, meaning the 31-year old can not return to cricket till at least 2022.
However, Khalid Latif's sentence is the harshest so far as none of it is suspended unlike Sharjeel's.
Furthermore, Latif has to pay fine of Rs. 1 million.
Earlier, it was learnt that Latif was facing six charges including that of persuading three other cricketers - Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan and Sharjeel Khan - to get involved in spot-fixing. He will be banned from every level and type of cricket for next five years.
The same tribunal had last month imposed a five-year ban on another Pakistani batsman Sharjeel Khan for similar offences in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) played in February in Dubai.
A number of other players have also been questioned or suspended while the inquiry is carried out. Khalid's lawyer Badr Alam, however, outrightly rejected the verdict and said the tribunal was not authorised to take such a decision.
"We can't say right now if the verdict is lenient or not as we've not received the full verdict", said Rizvi. The player refused to appear in some of the hearings while his lawyer had challenged the formation and authority of the tribunal in the Lahore High Court, which dismissed his objections. This is not the first time Pakistan cricket has been hit by spot-fixing and match-fixing allegations.
However, his half of the ban was suspended by the anti-corruption tribunal of the PCB, based on circumstantial evidence.