The Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz for two months from all formats.
The Pakistan Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) revealed that Nawaz responded late with the information about the offer he had received from bookies during Pakistan’s recent tour of Australia. Subsequently, the all-rounder has also been fined Rs 200,000 by the PCB.
‘A period of ineligibility or suspension of two months has been imposed on Nawaz (the first-month suspension has commenced from 16 May 2017), one month of which will be suspended upon fulfilment of additional conditions,’ a PCB release said.
‘On 15th May 2017, Nawaz approached the PCB to initiate proceedings under Article 5.1.12 of the PCB code and requested for ‘Agreed Sanction’, a meeting to hold discussions,’ the release added.
The PCB stated that the 23-year-old was charged with a single violation of Act 2.4.4 of its anti-corruption code.
Nawaz submitted his written statement admitting the charges levelled against him by the PCB, and appeared for subsequent meetings with PCB on 16th May 2017 to properly explain his case.
The board also mentioned that Nawaz’s central contract will remain under suspension during the period of ineligibility.
According to the board, Nawaz’s one-month suspension period will be revoked if he satisfactorily complies with the below conditions:
That there is no further or additional breaches of the PCB code by Nawaz after the commencement of the period of ineligibility; and no previous breach of the PCB code by the cricketer comes to light. If any such breach(es) take place, the board shall reserve the right to initiate separate and independent proceedings against Nawaz under the PCB code.
And that Nawaz, over the next six months, participates under the auspices of PCB in programmes of anti-corruption education, which may include among other things, delivering lectures on Anti-Corruption at such places and to such audiences as the PCB vigilance and security department deems fit.
Also that Nawaz would have to pay the PCB a fine of Rs 200,000.
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