LONDON: Former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed and two other men have been given a trial date after they were accused of conspiring to offer bribes to professional cricket players.
Jamshed, 32, Yousef Anwar, 35, and Mohammed Ijaz, 33, were arrested last February.
The arrests were part of an investigation by the National Crime Agency into alleged spot-fixing in tournaments organised by national cricket boards from Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Jamshed, a former Pakistan Test player, Anwar and Ijaz are accused of conspiring to offer financial advantages to players in the Pakistan Super League with the intention of inducing them to perform improperly by failing to play competitively in good faith.
The offences are said to have taken place between November 1 2016 and February 10 2017.
Anwar and Ijaz are also accused of conspiring together to bribe players taking part in the Bangladesh Premier League to perform improperly between November 1 2016 and December 6 2016.
On Monday, all three defendants entered not guilty pleas at Manchester Crown Court to the charges.
A trial, estimated to last up to three weeks, will take place at the same court on December 2.
Jamshed, of High Street, Walsall; Anwar, of Littlebrook Avenue, Slough, Berkshire; and Ijaz, of Chippingham Road, Sheffield, were all granted unconditional bail and told to attend a pre-trial review hearing on September 6.
Earlier, Cricketer Nasir Jamshed has been charged as part of an investigation by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).
Jamshed, along with two other men, has been charged with bribery offences for their involvement in spot-fixing during tournaments organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board and Bangladesh Cricket Board.
The banned former Pakistan opener, has been charged with two counts of bribery by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA). He will be required to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court on January 15.
Jamshed was arrested in February 2017, amid investigations into spot-fixing in the Pakistan Super League. In August this year, he was given a 10-year ban by the PCB after being found guilty of five charges under its anti-corruption code.
The NCA, which has worked in conjunction with the PCB and ICC anti-corruption units, said on Wednesday that Jamshed, who lives in the UK, had been served with a written summons by the Crown Prosecution Service. Two British nationals, Yousaf Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz, have also been charged.
The punishment for bribery as a summary offence – tried at a Magistrates Court – can range from a fine to imprisonment for up to 12 months.
A statement from the NCA said: “Three men have been charged with bribery offences as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation into cricket match spot-fixing in tournaments organised by national cricket boards from Pakistan and Bangladesh.