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Waseem Akhtar seeks holding of PSL final in Karachi

Kristopher Love | 17 February, 2017, 01:02

Pakistani cricket officials have vowed to stage the final of their Twenty20 league in Lahore next month, despite a powerful Taliban suicide bomb blast which killed 13 people there this week.

The three suspended players - Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Nasir Jamshed - have all represented Pakistan in worldwide cricket.

However, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday said that it intends to hold the final in Lahore only. However, the next day, there were reports that Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif met with "suspicious" persons following the match.

On Saturday, the governing body revealed it has also questioned three other players capped by Pakistan - Zulfiqar Babar, Shazaib Hassan and Mohammad Irfan - but they have not been suspended and remain with their PSL teams.

The PCB official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the issue.

On Monday Britain's National Crime Authority arrested two men, one of them believed to be former Pakistan opening batsman Nasir Jamshed, before releasing them on bail in connection with spot-fixing in the PSL.

Jamshed, a 27-year-old opener who last played for Pakistan in 2015, was not selected in the PSL draft, while Sharjeel and Latif were playing for Islamabad United.

"We know what we are doing", PSL chairman Najam Sethi said late Tuesday.

"Our city whom we represent got this bad tragedy and in this hard time we want to tell the people of Lahore that we are thinking about them", he added.

Shahryar Khan said until now only informal talks were conducted with the players suspected of involvement in spot-fixing.

"When we compared it, the information was the same and then we made a decision to act on this".

It's not the first time Pakistan cricketers have been embroiled in corruption controversies.