Dashing Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan who was accused of a spot-fixing case in the PSL, has been handed a five-year ban from all forms of cricket by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday.
“Sharjeel is banned for five years, which has two-and-a-half year suspended, after the proceedings of the case. We investigated all the charges and found them correct,” said Asghat Haider, who headed the three-member tribunal which also included former PCB Chairman Lt Gen (R) Tauqir Zia and ex-Test cricketer Wasim Bari.
Speaking to the press after the tribunal’s decision, PCB Legal Advisor Taffazul Rizvi, said the punishment was just as the batsman was found guilty on all charges. “The charges have been proven. He was given minimum punishment with no fines imposed. This decision has shown that we had strong proofs against him,” he said.
To be noted, Sharjeel’s ban will take effect from the day he was provisionally suspended (February 10, 2017).
Meanwhile, the counsel of Sharjeel Khan, Shegan Ijaz has said his client will exercise his right to appeal against what he termed as ‘unjust punishment’.
“We were expecting acquittal on spot-fixing charges. We will file an appeal on the decision. We have strong reservations against it as the onus is not on Sharjeel Khan to prove his innocence,” the Counsel said.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com