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PCB allows banned Sharjeel Khan to play club cricket
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PCB allows banned Sharjeel Khan to play club cricket

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has permitted Sharjeel Khan to feature in club cricket and allow the attacking opener to gradually reintegrate into competitive cricket.

According to The News International, he has cleared the PCB Anti-Corruption and Security Unit's written exam and will now move on to the next stage of rehab that involves delivering lectures to young players in Bahawalpur, Sheikhupura, and Karachi. 

Sharjeel will have to share his remorse with the public for his involvement in criminal behaviour as well as mentor and guide the future crop of players to prevent foul play in the gentlemen's game.

Sharjeel was banned for five years in 2017 after being found guilty in spot-fixing during the second edition of PSL - where he was representing Islamabad United. He breached five provisions of the PCB's anti-corruption code.

The southpaw will also have to partake in community service and travel to an orphanage as part of the reintegration programme. He could become part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) roster once he completes the entire process.

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He is set to remain suspended for 2.5 years in his ban and is currently undergoing the rehabilitation process. However, his remaining sentence could be waived off if the batsman follows the anti-corruption department's education sessions and fulfils all the criteria set by the PCB's vigilance and security department. 

Also, the flamboyant batsman wrote to the PCB chairman, Ehsan Mani, a few months ago and pleaded for waiving his remaining ban.

Power hitters are a coveted resource in Pakistan's domestic cricket and so the readiness to bring back Sharjeel is understandable which is in contrast to the treatment with other players who have been involved in corruption such as Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif - who haven't been welcomed enthusiastically by the PCB.