Pakistani players suspended for not informing PCB about ‘spot-fixing’


The PCB has suspended a Northern Cricket Association player under Article 4.7.1 of its Anti-Corruption Code, which means he cannot participate in any cricket-related activity during the course of the investigation.

Pakistan Under-19 player and first-class batsman Zeeshan Malik was on Thursday provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board for not reporting a spot-fixing approach during the recently concluded National T20 Championship.

The PCB has suspended a Northern Cricket Association player under Article 4.7.1 of its Anti-Corruption Code, which means he cannot participate in any cricket-related activity during the course of the investigation.

A PCB source confirmed that the Anti-Corruption Unit is probing the incident in which Malik was approached for spot-fixing during championship matches, which he did not immediately report to the authorities concerned.

The National T20 Championship concluded in Lahore on Wednesday.

Recently, Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal resumed his career after being suspended from all cricketing activities since February 2020. Akmal did not even inform about contacting him for spot-fixing during the Pakistan Super League.

Akmal also had to pay a fine of Rs 42 lakh to the PCB as part of the disciplinary action taken against him, though the board imposed a three-year ban on him.

Malik, a talented young opener who appeared for North Punjab in the National Championship, was among the run-scorers in a few matches, but his team lost in the semi-finals.

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