Khalid Latif, the former Pakistan opener, boycotted the proceedings of a spot-fixing hearing after a tribunal refused to give him a copy of his recorded interview on Saturday (May 20).
Latif, 31, stands accused of attempting to spot-fix, accepting an offer by a bookmaker which he did not report, and luring other players into the conspiracy.
His case is currently being heard by a three-member tribunal convened to adjudicate on the scandal which emerged during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the United Arab Emirates in February and March.
Badre Alam, Latif’s lawyer, said he had rejected the tribunal because it refused to give his client a copy of his interview, recorded by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) anti-corruption tribunal in February.
“We have asked for the recording of Khalid’s interview which is our right but the tribunal has rejected it,” Alam told reporters.
“Until that (interview is given) we will not continue the proceedings, we told them we are not running away but we are talking in legal terms.”
Taffazul Rizvi, the PCB lawyer, said tribunal could proceed even without Latif’s presence.
“If a player or participant is not appearing before the tribunal, from the start or from the middle, then the tribunal has complete right to listen to the remaining case as per the law and give the decision,” said Rizvi.
The PCB said the video interview was conducted by its anti-corruption unit on February 19 and contains a confessional statement from Latif.
The main charges against Latif are luring other players to participate in the fix and not reporting approaches.
Mohammad Irfan, the tall left-arm fast bowler, was banned for six months while Mohammad Nawaz, the left-arm spinner, was banned for one month after they confessed to failing to report meetings with bookmakers. They were both also fined.
Latif and three other players — Sharjeel Khan, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed — are also provisionally suspended on various charges and face bans ranging from five years to life, if found guilty.
On Friday, the PCB said it had seized bat grips given to Latif by a bookmaker, which the Islamabad United opener was allegedly supposed to use to indicate he would participate in a spot-fix.