The Pakistan Cricket Board banned all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz for one month and fined him approximately $2,000 after he admitted failing to disclose an approach by a bookmaker to engage in corrupt practices. The 23-year-old, regarded as a bright prospect for Pakistan, was part of the Twenty20 squad in the West Indies in March but returned home without playing a match.
Four other players — Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hasan — are also under investigation by a three-member tribunal and are provisionally suspended. The cases pertain to corruption in the Twenty20 Pakistan Super League held in United Arab Emirates in February to March this year.
The PCB has so far not revealed any details about the cases, including the identities of the bookmakers, what they asked players to do, and the amounts involved — though unconfirmed reports have cropped up in the local media. It added that the player’s admission of guilt had led to a lighter sentence. Nawaz, who appeared for the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL, has so far played three Tests, nine one-day internationals and five Twenty20s.