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Nasir Jamshed sentenced to 17 months in prison
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Nasir Jamshed sentenced to 17 months in prison

Nasir Jamshed has been handed a 17-month jail sentence at a UK court after pleading guilty to a conspiracy to bribe fellow cricketers as part of a T20 spot-fixing plan.

The 30-year-old former Pakistan batsman had earlier copped a 10-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board following an investigation conducted by them in 2018.

Jamshed was arrested alongside two other men, Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz, last February and was awaiting the verdict on his prison sentence after changing his plea to guilty on the first day of the trial.

He had initially maintained his innocence but later confessed his culpability in the crime when his accomplices admitted their role in illegal activities.

The National Crime Agency's probe into alleged spot-fixing concluded that the three individuals had indulged in offering financial inducements to players in the Pakistan Super League and the Bangladesh Premier League to underperform in specific matches.

Anwar, the prominent person part of the scheme, was jailed for three years and four months while Ijaz received a sentence of two years and six months in custody.

The trio's spot-fixing network was infiltrated by an undercover police officer posing as a member of a corrupt betting syndicate.

His work exposed an attempted fix in the BPL towards the end of 2016 that was not followed through and an actual fix in the second edition of the PSL in February 2017.

Both cases involved the agreement of an opening batsman to play out the first two balls of an over as dot deliveries in return for a share of an overall sum of £30,000.

Jamshed was the target player of the bribery in the BPL but the plan was called off when he was not selected in the playing XI during one of the matches.

He then acted as the go-between and persuaded fellow opening batter Sharjeel Khan to commit the fix in the PSL encounter between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi.

Sharjeel was given a five-year ban by the PCB for the "two dot ball" plan, though he offered an unconditional apology in August 2019 and is set to resume competitive cricket soon.

Jamshed made his international debut in 2008 and went on to play the 2015 World Cup for Pakistan. He made over 60 appearances for his country across formats.

Announcing the sentences for the three convicts at Manchester Crown Court, judge Richard Mansell said Jamshed was "vulnerable to succumbing to the temptation of financial reward".

"Corruption of this kind has sadly been taking place in the game of cricket for a very long time," he added.

"If anything it has become worse due to the proliferation in the last decade of hugely popular televised international T20 tournaments in all the major cricketing nations, combined with a huge increase in online gambling.

"What makes cricket, and specifically these T20 tournaments in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, so vulnerable to corrupt practices, is the existence of a huge, largely unregulated online betting industry in the Indian sub-continent."

Ian McConnell, NCA senior investigating officer, further said: "These men abused their privileged access to professional, international cricket to corrupt games, eroding public confidence for their own financial gain."

#Corruption in Cricket#Pakistan