KARACHI: Test batsman Sharjeel Khan was Wednesday handed a five-year ban by the anti-corruption tribunal of the PCB for his role in a spot-fixing scandal during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February this year
Sharjeel was banned for breaching five clauses of the anti-corruption code of the PCB.
A short order released by the tribunal said that Sharjeel would serve the five-year ban in two phases with two-and-a- half years being a suspended sentence to be served under observation of the PCB. The ban is effective from February 10 this year when he was first suspended and sent back from Dubai on spot-fixing charges along with another Pakistan player Khalid Latif.
The punishment imposed by the tribunal, headed by a former Lahore High Court judge Justice Asghar Haider means that Sharjeel, 28, can revive his career after two years.
Sharjeel, who has played in one Test, 25 One-dayers and 25 T20 matches was hailed as a “Warner” for Pakistan by former head coach, Waqar Younis who said he was very disappointed after learning about Sharjeel’s PSL fixing issue.
The tribunal’s decision is as a setback for the PCB which had repeatedly claimed to have sufficient evidence against Sharjeel and Khalid Latif in the case.
The PCB had even asked the tribunal for a life ban on the two players. The tribunal will give a verdict on Latif’s case next month after first starting its hearings into the PSL fixing cases in April this year.
The PCB claims that Sharjeel and Khalid met with bookmakers in Dubai and the former accepted a spot-fixing offer and played two dot balls as per a deal with the bookmaker.