Pakistani cricketers fined for playing in US

ISLAMABAD (TIP): The Pakistan Cricket Board fined five of its cricketers $5,000 each Friday for participating in an unauthorized Twenty20 tournament in the United States. The PCB said fast bowler Wahab Riaz, allrounder Abdul Razzaq, middle order batsman Fawad Alam and opening batsmen Nasir Jamshed and Shahzeb Hasan all were fined 500,000 rupees ($5,000) for competing in last month’s Friendship Cup T20 tournament in Houston.

Riaz, Alam and Jamshed are part of Pakistan’s summer training camp in Lahore in which about 40 cricketers are being trained for the forthcoming season. Last month, the PCB formed a three-member committee to investigate players’ participation in the tournament. The committee comprised domestic cricket director Intikhab Alam, general manager of vigilance and security Azam Khan and international cricket manager Usman Wahla.

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