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Five Pakistan players fined

Five Pakistan players have been fined for taking part in a Twenty20 competition in the United States last month.

Batsmen Nasir Jamshed, Shahzeb Hasan and Fawad Alam, all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and paceman Wahab Riaz failed to obtain permission from the Pakistan Cricket Board to feature in the Friendship Cup in Houston.

All five were fined 500,000 rupees (just over 3,000) following an investigation by a three-man PCB committee.

Domestic cricket director Intikhab Alam, general manager of vigilance and security Azam Khan and international cricket manager Usman Wahla decided the quintet breached PCB regulations on playing in unauthorised tournaments.

The players admitted playing in Houston although they insisted they were not aware that they required permission from the PCB to take part.

But a PCB statement read: "Their contention of not being aware of the No Objection Certificate was not accepted by the committee which recommended that each of them should be fined rupees 500,000."

Jamshed, Alam and Riaz are all part of the Pakistan summer training camp in Lahore preparing for the new season.

Disgraced former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria also featured in the tournament despite serving a life ban from all cricket after being found guilty of match fixing.

The PCB have alerted their integrity committee over Kaneria, while their marketing director was also issued with a reprimand after he accepted an invite from the organisers to attend a match.

He was also accused of "showing poor judgement" after posing for a photograph with Kaneria.