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Pakistani Batsman Sharjeel Khan Handed Five Years Cricket Ban Over Spot Fixing

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| August 30 , 2017 , 19:36 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned their star batsman Sharjeel Khan from all forms of cricket for the next five years over his role in Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal earlier this year.

"Sharjeel is banned for five years, which has two-and-a-half year suspended, after the proceedings of the case," said Asghat Haider, who headed the three-member tribunal tasked to probe the spot fixing allegations on the player.

The panel also former PCB Chairman Lt Gen (R) Tauqir Zia and ex-Test cricketer Wasim Bari.

According to reports, Sharjeel was found guilty of five major charges of breaches of the PCB's anti-corruption code, including having a part in spot-fixing. Although two and a half of those years have been suspended, therefore there is a possibility Sharjeel might attempt a return in August 2019.

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According to reports, the 28-year old left-hand batsman had accepted the allegations that he intentionally played two dot balls during the game. While he could have gotten a longer ban, he was let go with the minimum ban-time for each of the five charges against him.

Sharjeel's lawyer, Shaigan Ijaz, said they would appeal against the ban.

Sharjeel's legal counsel, Shegan Ijaz termed the ban as 'unjust punishment' and said that they will appeal against it. He said, "We were expecting acquittal on spot-fixing charges," he said. "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."