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— KARACHI, Pakistan
akistan cricket charged
former Test batsman
Nasir Jamshed on
Tuesday with obstruct-
ing and failing to coop-
erate in an investiga-
tion into a spot-fixing case which
rocked their Twenty20 league.
Jamshed, 27, is
the fifth player
charged in the scandal which saw a
one-year ban ; six
months suspended -
- and a fine meted
out to fast bowler
Three other players ; Sharjeel Khan,
Khalid Latif and
will fight the allegations before a three-member tribunal headed by a retired judge.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
said Jamshed, who was arrested
in Britain in February and bailed
until this month in the same
case, was charged on two counts.
“Jamshed has been charged
for violation of articles 2. 4. 6 (not
cooperating with investigation)
and 2. 4. 7 (obstructing and delaying investigation) of the PCB
Anti-Corruption Code,” said a
The Pakistan Super League
(PSL) in February-March was
hailed as a step
But on February
10 Sharjeel and
Khalid were suspended for allegedly
meeting a man
linked to an international betting syndicate.
accepting a fixing
offer and not reporting it to the
PCB’s anti-corruption unit while
Khalid’s alleged violation was to
lure other players into fixing.
Hasan was also charged with getting players into fixing.
Jamshed was allegedly a link
between the bookies and players.
He denies the charges.
Jamshed was seen as a talent-
ed opener whose career was lift-
ed with back-to-back hundreds
against India in 2012 but was dis-
carded after the 2015 World Cup
due to lack of form and fitness.
Sharjeel and Khalid appeared
before the tribunal last month
and have until May 5 to respond
to the charges.
The tribunal is set to start day-to-day proceedings from May 19.
Irfan confessed to “not reporting a fixing offer” and opted for
— NEW DELHI
Paes and Mahesh
Bhupathi has boiled over into an
ugly public spat following
India’s latest Davis Cup triumph
No sooner had the hosts
sealed a 4-1 win Sunday over
Uzbekistan in the second round
of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania
Group 1 tie, than Bhupathi
lashed out at his former doubles
partner, who was dropped from
the squad last week.
“We gave him the option (of
being a part of the squad and
playing as a reserve) and he
readily took it,” Bhupathi, the
non-playing Davis Cup captain,
said after the win helped India
qualify for the World Group
playoff. “So after that, to sulk
about not being in the (playing)
four was a bit unprofessional,”
Bhupathi said of his friend-turned-foe.
Adding fuel to the fire,
Bhupathi put up a screen shot of
his WhatsApp conversation with
Paes on social media in a free-for-all slugfest aimed at countering Paes’ charge of being
dropped in humiliating fashion
at the last minute.
The conversation suggested
that Paes had agreed to join the
squad despite being told there
was no guarantee he would be in
the final four.
Paes, 43, hit back, accusing
Bhupathi of using his position to
deliberately keep him out of the
“I was never categorically told
that I would not be playing, but
it was apparent that the decision
was made before I arrived in
Bangalore. This is what I found
unnecessary and disrespectful,”
Paes said in a statement.
“That a private (WhatsApp)
exchange has been made public
just points to the kind of con-
duct that I find unbecoming of a
Davis Cup captain.”
“Talk is cheap, history books,
however, don’t lie.”
Paes, dropped for the first
time in 27 years, is just one win
away from becoming the most
successful doubles player in
Davis Cup history.
With 42 doubles wins, Paes is
currently tied with Italian legend
Nicola Pietrangeli. Paes, whose
Atlanta bronze was India’s first
individual medal at a Games
since 1952, has 18 Grand Slam
doubles trophies ; eight in
men’s doubles and 10 in mixed.
He shared three of his Grand
Slam doubles titles with
The chest-bumps the duo
exchanged after winning every
point became an emblem of their
partnership, which at its peak
was hailed as the “Indian
They continued to team up
occasionally on court, even as
the friendship began to derail.
But their verbal volleys gradually turned sharper, with frequent spats over team spots,
most notably ahead of the 2012
On Sunday Bhupathi turned
to Facebook to accuse Paes of
turning up late for matches, taking his spot in the squad for
granted, and not adhering to
uniform and other team guidelines. Bhupathi said that when
he started out there was only
one train on the tracks, referring
to the clout that Paes enjoyed on
But all that was about to
change, Bhupathi warned.
“There is a new train on the
tracks, it’s to get India back to
the World Group, it’s full of
energy, youth, positivity, hard
work, and dreams.
“Those who don’t like it
should stay out of the way
because we don’t plan to stop till
we get there!!!”
Indian Stars in Spat Over Davis Cup Selection
Pakistan’s batsman Nasir Jamshed plays a shot during the first T20 cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan
at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Nov. 20, 2013.
Leander Paes of India, left, watches as his partner Mahesh Bhupathi of India returns against Marcin Matkowski of Poland and
partner Mariusz Fyrstenberg of Poland during their semi-final doubles match on day seven of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis
tournament in London on Nov. 26, 2011.