Former Pakistan opening batsman Nasir Jamsed has been slapped with a 17-month jail sentence for his role in a T20 spot-fixing plan. He is believed to be the lynchpin in the scheme involving an attempted fix in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and an actual fix in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Jamshed had earlier received a 10-year ban from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following an investigation conducted by them in 2018. He was then arrested alongside two other individuals in the UK as the three underwent trial at the Manchester Crown Court.
Jamshed had initially declared himself innocent but changed his plea to guilty on the opening day of the trial. The trio’s spot-fixing network was infiltrated by an undercover police officer, who found out that Jamshed was the one who persuaded Sharjeel Khan to commit spot-fixing during a match between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United in February 2017.
"Corruption of this kind has sadly been taking place in the game of cricket for a very long time. Jamshed was vulnerable to succumbing to the temptation of financial reward”- judge Richard Mansell said while announcing the verdict.