Nasir Jamshed © AFP
Nasir Jamshed © AFP

Pakistan’s opening batsman Nasir Jamshed has been arrested by Britain’s National Crime Agency in connection with the alleged spot-fixing case. The British agency on Monday confirmed the arrest of Jamshed including two others, but refused to identify them. However, Geo TV quoted sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) as saying that the arrested men were Pakistani batsman Jamshed and a person named Yousuf, a suspect in the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing investigation.

The agency, in a press statement, said “Two men in their thirties have been arrested by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers in connection with bribery offences as part of an ongoing investigation into international cricket match spot-fixing.” The agency said that they are working closely with the PCB and ICC?s anti-corruption units as a part of the ongoing investigation.

This development came a day after PCB executive committee chairman Najam Sethi informed that Jamshed has been provisionally suspended from playing all forms of cricket for violating the cricket body’s anti-corruption code. PCB had also suspended Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif under its Anti-Corruption Code as part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the ongoing PSL being played in Dubai.

Earlier, PCB Chairman and PSL head Najam Sethi revealed few things about spot fixing saga by saying, “We knew what commitments they had made. Islamabad United played Sharjeel but not Khalid. But when the match was held it was confirmed Sharjeel had done what he had committed to do to the bookmakers.” Sharjeel was out cheaply after facing a few balls. Sethi said the PCB had faced a difficult situation after the ACU had gathered enough material against the two players to charge sheet them.