PCB has made up its mind to punish Khalid: counsel

<h2>PCB has made up its mind to punish Khalid: counsel.</h2>

<p>Karachi: The lawyer for suspended batsman, Khalid Latif, claimed today that the Pakistan Cricket Board has already made up its mind to punish the national team player on charges of spot-fixing.</p>

<p>The 31-year-old batsman stands accused of attempting to spot-fix, accepting an offer by a bookmaker which he did not report, and luring other players into the conspiracy.</p>

<p>The player’s lawyer, Badar Alam, said they are not expecting justice from the three-member tribunal hearing the spot-fixing charges against Latif.</p>

<p>”We don’t believe we can get justice from this tribunal.</p>

<p>Trial without our participation proves our reservations. How can you expect to have a fair trial when all the members of the tribunal served the cricket board in some capacity in the past,” Alam said.</p>

<p>Latif and Alam had, on Saturday, boycotted the hearing of the tribunal headed by a former Lahore High Court judge, claiming all three members were former employees of the board and could not be expected to dispense justice fairly.</p>

<p>PCB’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi has said the two were trying to sabotage the tribunal proceedings.</p>

<p.”Even if they don’t appear for the hearings we can still proceed with any action against the batsman allowed under the Anti-Corruption laws and code,” Rizvi said.</p>

<p>Alam demanded that the video recordings of the trial be released.</p>

<p.”They (the PCB) claim that they cannot release the video because it is their private matter, which proves that they’ve already made up their mind to punish the player.”</p>

<p>Since the start of the proceedings in the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal, Khalid and his lawyer have been at loggerheads with the board and even moved a petition in the Lahore High Court against the tribunal, but it was rejected.</>

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