Mohammad Nawaz handed two-month suspension in spot-fixing probe
The Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz for a period of two months after he agreed that he had failed to report a fixing approach. The good news for the Quetta Gladiators spinner is that he will be back before the start of the next edition of the Pakistan Super League in 2018.
His suspension begins from May 16 but he will be eligible to play cricket after a month subject to fulfilling the criteria that the PCB sets for his return. Along with the suspension, he has also been fined Rs.200,000.
The PCB have stipulated Nawaz “should not be found in further breach of the PCB’s anti-corruption code, and he should take part in the board’s anti-corruption education programmes.”
The hearing against him started on May 8 after he was asked by the PCB to appear before them for a possible breach in the code of conduct set out for the players. He was asked to appear before the board’s Vigilance and Security Department.
The PCB said: “Nawaz submitted his written statement admitting the charges leveled against him by PCB and appeared for subsequent meetings with PCB on 16th May 2017 to properly explain his case.”
There are six other Pakistani players who have all been accused of issues related to spot-fixing by the PCB during the second season of the Pakistan Super League earlier this year. Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hassan are being questioned by the PCB currently, left-arm seamer Mohammad Irfan has been banned for 12 months while spin bowler Zulfiqar Babar was questioned.
The 23-year-old Nawaz has already featured in 17 internationals for Pakistan already and was a part of their squad for their T20Is against the West Indies recently.