On Wednesday, Sharjeel Khan was banned from all forms of cricket for five years by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) due to his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal earlier this year.
The Islamabad United’s batsman was charged with five major breaches of the PCB’s anti-corruption code. His ban could have been for life, however, he received the minimum charges.
The 28-year-old will be able to play cricket after 30 months, but will have to satisfy several PCB’s requisites.
Earlier today, the opener decided to appeal against the ban. Sharjeel’s lawyer, Shaighan Ejaz, spoke to Pakistani press regarding the batsman decision to take this route.
'Yes we have decided that we will appeal the ban as we have our reservations over the tribunal finding Sharjeel guilty of three major charges which include doing spot-fixing and agreeing to spot-fix a match in the Pakistan Super League,' Ejaz said.
According to the lawyer, PCB failed to submit any evidence against Sharjeel during the course of the hearings.
Sharjeel doubtful of evidence
'When the Board could not produce any evidence against Sharjeel confirming that he agreed to spot-fix a match in the PSL, we are not happy with the decision and we plan to appeal it when the time comes,' he added.
On the other hand, PCB’s legal advisor, Taffazul Rizvi, said the player had been found guilty on all counts.
“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,” said Rivzi to a local TV News show.
Further Islamabad United’s players suspended
Sharjeel Khan wasn’t the only United’s player suspended because of the corruption scandal.
Back in February, fellow player Khalid Latif was suspended and sent home after the PCB’s investigation began.
Also, fast bowler Mohammad Irfan was fined and given a one-year ban in March.
It’s been reported that at least two other players have been implicated in the corruption scandal.
Sharjeel Khan made his international debut in 2013. For Pakistan he has played one Test, 25 ODIs and 15 T20s.