Pakistan batsman Sharjeel Khan has been banned from playing all kinds of cricket for five years after a three-member tribunal found him guilty of corrupting the game during the second edition of Pakistan Super League earlier this year.
The tribunal suspended half of his ban which means that the batsman can return to the game in 2019. No fine was leveled against him.
Sharjeel was charged with the violation of five terms of PCB’s anti-corruption code.
The charges are as follows:
Charge No. 1 – Breach of Article 2.1.1 of the Code by agreeing to fix PSL match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi on February 9, 2017
Charge No. 2 – Breach of Article 2.1.2 by ensuring for betting and or other corrupt practices during the United-Zalmi match
Charge No. 3 – Breach of Article 2.1.3 of the code by seeking and agreeing to accept bribe and/or other reward
Charge No. 4 – Breach of Article 2.4.4 of the code by failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security department of the approaches and invitations
Breach of Article 2.4.5 by failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department full details of approaches and invitations received by Khalid Latif to corrupt the game
“We were expecting acquittal against the spot-fixing charges," Shaigan Ijaz, Sharjeel’s lawyer told the reporters at the PCB headquarters in Lahore after the verdict was announced, adding that they were going to appeal against the charges.
"I insist that we are not complaining against the behaviour of the tribunal members, but we are objecting to the decision. As we understand, those three serious charges have not been proven. For now, we have concerns and will lodge an appeal after having a full, detailed order. We will have a window of 14 days after receiving the full order to file an appeal."
The detailed order is expected to be released after the Eid-ul-Azha holidays (Sept 1 till Sept 4).
The ban is effective from February 10, 2017 when he was booted out of the PSL along with his Islamabad United teammate Khalid Latif.
“A talented player has been found guilty and it is a sad day despite the PCB has come out victorious this day,” board’s legal counsel Taffazul Rizvi said.
“It is proved that the board had profound evidences from day one. Sharjeel will have to go through a detailed rehabilitation program like the players have done in the past to earn the suspended sentence [of 2.5 years]. It will not be handed automatically.”
When asked how this verdict will impact the ongoing Khalid Latif case, Rizvi said: "This case has proven that the PCB has overwhelming evidences in the case.
Sharjeel has donned Pakistan cap in 41 international competitions across all formats.
He returned to the side in the Asia Cup T20 last year after he struck a belligerent hundred against Peshawar Zalmi in the finals of the first edition of the PSL.
Due to his aggressive approach, the left-handed opener had become a permanent player in the Pakistan side. He struck three scores of 50 and above in five ODIs during Pakistan's tour of Australia earlier this year and made his maiden Test appearance in Sydney.