Spot-fixing: PCB bans batsman Sharjeel; Irfan, Nawaz also handed out punishments

Left-handed batsman Sharjeel Khan was on Wednesday handed over a five-year ban by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)-appointed Anti-Corruption Unit in connection with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing case.

Sharjeel was facing five major charges of breaches of the PCB’s anti-corruption code and was found guilty for all five.

According to the Dawn, he will not be able to play any form of cricket for at least 30 months, after which he may be allowed to play domestic cricket until the completion of the ban – subject to the terms and conditions set by the PCB.

The spot-fixing allegation relates to a match between Sharjeel’s team Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in February during the second edition of the PSL which the left-handed batsman scored a single off four deliveries including two dot balls.

On March 6, a three-member tribunal was formed by the PCB to investigate the spot-fixing case allegedly involving Sharjeel and Khalid Latif.

Asghat Haider headed the three-member tribunal, which included former PCB Chairman Lt Gen (R) Tauqir Zia and ex-Test cricketer Waseem Bari.

Four other players – Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan, Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Nawaz – were also included in the investigation on multiple charges.

Irfan and Nawaz admitted not reporting the bookie’s offer. Irfan was banned for one year with six months suspended and fined one million rupees ($9,500). Nawaz was banned for two months (one suspended) and fined 200,0000 rupees.

The tribunal is expected to rule on Khalid Latif’s case next month.

Jamshed, who is being investigated by Britain’s National Crime Agency, was said to be the “go between” linking the players and the bookie. His case and Hasan’s is still under investigation by the tribunal.

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