Both Sharjeel, PCB file appeals against five-year ban

Banned Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan and the country’s cricket board filed separate appeals with an independent adjudicator against the decision of the three-member Anti-Corruption Tribunal.

“We are not satisfied with the ban imposed on Sharjeel. Since the tribunal has found him guilty of all five beaches of the anti-corruption code which we charged him with, we want a longer ban and heavy fine imposed on him,” said Tafazzul Rizvi, the legal advisor of the PCB.

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On the other hand, Sharjeel’s lawyer Shaighan Ejaz said their appeal was based on the fact that the PCB had provided no evidence to the tribunal under which his client could be held guilty of accepting a spot-fixing offer and doing the act.

“My client does not accept the five charges. He only accepts the charge of not reporting an offer on time to the PCB,” said Ejaz.

Shaighan added that the suspension of five years from the proposed 10-year ban means the ACT was not convinced by the case presented by the PCB against Sharjeel.

“We decided to go to the independent adjudicator because even if our appeal is dismissed we have the option of going to the high court or supreme courts,” he explained.

“If we had gone to the international Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Geneva, their verdict would have been final with no avenue to appeal further in the higher courts.”

However, another banned cricketer Latif’s lawyer Badr Alam, believes the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) victimised both players for unknown reasons. “The due course of law and its requirements were not followed at all in our case,” said Alam.

“In fact, we were not even allowed to cross examine the five witnesses produced by the PCB in our absence before the tribunal. We don’t accept the authority of this tribunal which didn’t provide justice to us and we have already filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking justice,” he added.

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor,

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