Hameed fined, barred from domestic cricket competitions

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board has barred Yasir Hameed from participating in the ongoing first class competition and also banned him from playing this year`s national T20 championship besides imposing a fine of Rs 3 lakh for his spot-fixing allegations against some national players.

Hameed in a video interview with the British tabloid `News of the World` had claimed that some Pakistani players were involved in spot-fixing.

The batsman, who has not played for the national team since then, claimed that he was trapped into the interview by the NOW which had secretly videotaped the meeting without his knowledge.

A PCB disciplinary committee announced the punishment for Hameed.

A Pakistan Cricket Board official said the disciplinary committee had looked into the entire incident and also took into consideration the apologies made by Hameed for causing damage to the image of Pakistan cricket with his interview.

"The committee has therefore recommended the fine of 300,000 rupees and also banned him from taking part in the Pentangular Cup and he will also not be allowed to play in the national T20 event that will be held in April this year after the World Cup," the official said.

Hameed had also recently filed a complaint with the press complaints commission of the United Kingdom against the NOW for violating his privacy, misrepresenting him and harming his reputation and for inaccurate reporting.

He claimed that he was a victim of a video sting that was done after harassing him and that all his conversation was quoted out of context.

Hameed caused a stir with his interview last September at the height of the spot-fixing scandal which led to banning of three top Pakistani players.

The PCB official said the issue was now closed with the fine and ban imposed on Hameed.


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