Sharjeel Khan: Pakistan batsman banned for five years after spot-fixing inquiry

Georgia Reed
August 31, 2017

Pakistan cricketer Sharjeel Khan has expressed that he is not happy with the ban imposed by Pakistan Cricket Board's three-member Anti-Corruption tribunal as he won't be able to play global cricket until August 2019.

The other two - articles 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 - relate to him failing to disclose the details of that approach to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as all players are required to do.

It was understood that the two players were said to have met these people near the team hotel, after the opening game against Peshawar Zalmi - in Pakistan Super League - at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in February.

In early 2011, another Pakistan captain Salman Butt, and Pacers Muhammad Aamir and Muhammad Asif were given minimum five-year bans by an ICC anti-corruption tribunal for spot- fixing during the series in England in 2010. "This decision has shown that we had strong proofs against him", he said.

Sharjeel, who has played in one Test, 25 ODIs and 25 T20I matches, was hailed as a "Warner" for Pakistan by former head coach, Waqar Younis who said he was very disappointed after learning about Sharjeel's PSL fixing issue. The panel was set-up to look into allegations of spot-fixing during the 2017 edition of the PSL.

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The ban will be back-dated from February 10 - the date from which he was initially suspended after being sent home from the United Arab Emirates during the PSL, for whom he played with Islamabad United. He said, "We were expecting acquittal on spot-fixing charges", he said.

Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed are also facing similar charges while the fifth, former fast bowler, Mohammad Irfan, was banned for a period of six months for his failure in reporting the offer to the PCB.

Sharjeel's legal counsel, Shegan Ijaz termed the ban as "unjust punishment" and said that they will appeal against it.

The tribunal after multiple hearings concluded its inquiry and imposed a five-year ban on tSharjeel Khan while the fate of Khalid Latif still hnags in limbo.

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