Sharjeel Khan has been awarded with a ban of 5 years by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed Anti-Corruption Unit on Wednesday for his involvement in the spot-fixing case in Pakistan Super League second edition.
The former left-arm opening batsman has been found guilty on five counts of PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code. Article 2.1.1, 2.1.2, and 2.1.3 towards him, and agreeing to receive payment against the agreement during Islamabad United and Peshawar Matches. The other two articles 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 relates to him failing to reveal the details of that approach to the PCB as required by all player in such cases.
The Hyderabad-born will not play any form of cricket for 30 months while afterwards he may be allowed to play domestic cricket-which is subject to some pre requisites set by PCB.
Speaking to the press, PCB Legal Advisor Taffazul Rizvi, called it as a “sad day”, but punishment was just as the batsman was found guilty on all charges. “The charges have been proven. He was given minimum punishment with no fines imposed. This decision strongly shows that we had proofs against him,” he said.
After the tribunal decision, Sharjeel’s lawyer, Shaigan Ijaz said that they will appeal against the ban.
Sharjeel had a brilliant come back in August last year, where he was averaging over 44 and a strike rate of 130.27 as an opener. More importantly, he came as a batting solution for the troubling Pakistan batting line-up.
Pakistan has seen such infamous incidents in the past as well with talented cricketers like Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt getting involved in spot-fixing and ruining their cricketing careers. Amir has served his ban and has since been a top-notch performer for the side. Players like Saleem Malik and Ata-ur-Rehman were also found guilty of match fixing during 1990s investigation conducted by PCB.
Apart from Sharjeel, four other cricketers were the verdict in the PSL spot-fixing case including Muhammad Irfan, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hassan. Irfan has been cleared with a ban of one-year and a substantial fine while the other players’ fortune is yet to be decided.
The Tribunal was formed after the final of PSL on March 5, with former chairman retired Lt Gen Tauqir Zia and ex-Pakistan captain Wasim Bari as its members.
Only time will tell the fate of the other remaining players who were allegedly involved in this match-fixing saga.