PCB puts a condition on Sharjeel Khan to return to cricket

Sharjeel completed his spot-fixing ban on Saturday, 10th August.

Sharjeel Khan last played for Pakistan in 2017 | Getty Images

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has put a condition on the return of tainted cricketer Sharjeel Khan to cricketing action after the opener completed a 30-month ban for spot-fixing on 10th August.

The left-hander has been on the side-lines for the last two and a half years after being suspended by the PCB from all forms of cricket for five years in 2017 for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, which hit Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier that year.

However, the PCB Anti-Corruption Tribunal halved the ban, and Sharjeel, who was playing for Islamabad United, had to complete a ban (30 months – two and a half years) to return to cricketing action.

Sharjeel’s lawyer revealed, “Sharjeel wants to play cricket again and once we get an answer from the PCB, we will see where things stand.”

Now, Sharjeel has completed his ban on Saturday, and is keen on to resume playing with the upcoming Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, but the PCB has made it clear to the opener that he has to accept his wrongdoing and attend Anti-Corruption rehabilitation programme if he wants to resume his career.

Recently, a PCB official said that Sharjeel could be allowed to resume playing as soon as in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, which will get underway in September, but he has to first admit his involvement in the spot-fixing and apologize for his actions.

He also revealed that Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif also had to go through the same when their spot-fixing bans expired in 2015.

A source close to Sharjeel has revealed that he has accepted the five charges imposed on him, but is not persuaded to admit that he committed spot-fixing or derived any financial benefits from it.

(With PTI Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 12 Aug, 2019

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