Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday (October 14) announced that they have provisionally suspended Zeeshan Malik of the Northern Cricket Association under Article 4.7.1 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code. It means that the player is restricted from taking part in any cricket-related activity until the investigation being carried out by PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit is complete. The board has, however, not stated the reason for his suspension.
Article 4.7.1 read: “Where either: (a) the PCB decides to charge a Participant with an offence under this Anti-Corruption Code; or (b) the PCB considers that there are other exceptional circumstances relevant to a Participant (for example, where any relevant police authority has arrested and/or charged a Participant with an offence under any relevant criminal law in respect of facts or circumstances that may also constitute an offence under this Anti-Corruption Code), it shall have the discretion, in circumstances where it considers that the integrity of the sport could otherwise be seriously undermined, to Provisionally Suspend the Participant pending the Anti-Corruption Tribunal’s determination of whether he/she has committed an offence. Any decision to Provisionally Suspend the Participant will be communicated to the Participant in writing, with a copy sent at the same time to the ICC and, where applicable, the National Cricket Federation to which the Participant is affiliated.“
PCB mentioned that the investigation is ongoing and that they will not make any further comments until the final decision is taken.
“Any decision to Provisionally Suspend the Participant will be communicated to the Participant in writing, with a copy sent at the same time to the ICC and, where applicable, the National Cricket Federation to which the Participant is affiliated,” PCB stated in their official release.
24-year old Zeeshan Malik is a right-handed opener and a right-hand off-break bowler. He played his first-class cricket in 2016 and has represented Karachi Kings in PSL. He has played 19 first-class matches, 17 List A games and 21 T20s and has also featured in the recently-concluded National T20 Cup.
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