Lahore HC summons PCB chief and accused players

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010, 22:59 PM IST

Karachi: The Lahore High Court on a petition filed by a local lawyer over the spot fixing allegations against some Pakistani cricketers has summoned them and the PCB chairman for a hearing on September 7.

The court has also summoned the federal sport minister besides seven players whose names have cropped up in the spot fixing scandal that broke out last Saturday late night after the arrest of a 35-year old Pakistani man settled in the United Kingdom.

The man, Mazhar Majeed claimed he had paid bribes to several Pakistani players to indulge in spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lords that ended in an innings and 225 runs defeat for Pakistan.

The ICC and Scotland Yard are presently investigating the case and are expected to file their report by Thursday.

Lawyer, Ishtiaq Ahmed who had submitted his petition against the players and PCB on Monday has called for the players and officials to be tried under the treason law of the country.

"The players who have got themselves involved in this fixing issue have let the country and their people down. And the cricket management is also responsible. They need to be given exemplary punishments by the court," Ishtaiq said.

He said he wanted to see the players banned for life and their assets seized.

The LHC chief justice in the eastern city of Lahore summoned the players, PCB chief and minister in connection with the petition.

But a legal advisor of the board, Talib Rizvi said the petition was filed on basis of allegations made against the players that were yet to be proved.

"The honorable court has scheduled a hearing and the board will brief the court on the existing position," he said.

The players are unlikely to appear in person in the court as they are in England with the national team. Filing of such cases in Pakistan by civilians or civil lawyers are not uncommon when a major controversy hits Pakistan cricket as cricketers usually make big news and attract lot of media attention.

PTI