PCB in a fix over fixing scandal

LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has landed itself into a tricky situation by initiating proceedings against the spot-fixing scandal in the Pakistan Super League.

According to the sources the tribunal formed by the PCB to hear the cases has become a headache for the Board as well as despite spending huge money the PCB failed to get timely and certain verdicts in the case. The sources said in 36 hearings of the tribunal so far, the PCB had spent around Rs2.7 million and the cost is rising with the cases yet to be decided.

The delay in the deciding the cases have also raised questions on the credibility of the so-called evidences, the PCB high-ups have trumpeted so far as well as of the working of the tribunal. Even the hearings conducted by the PCB tribunal have raised serious doubts on the whole procedure. The tribunal is yet to give its verdict on Shahzaib Hassan and Nasir Jamshed cases. Interestingly, Shahzaib has hired a lawyer, who is son of an influential political figure and posted on the highest available slot in the provincial government machinery. According to the sources, one of the tribunal member is using this link to settled down his pension and other financial matters after retirement.

Former PCB chairman Khalid Mahmood also showed his concern over unnecessary delay in the said the verdict and said if the PCB had undeniable proofs then the verdict in should have been announced lon ago. He said it was not appropriate to hire the tribunal members on daily allowance of Rs25000 and it would have been lot better if the PCB had paid them full an agreed amount.


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