Sharjeel to appeal five-year ban

Pakistan

Pakistan international Sharjeel Khan will appeal against his five-year ban for spot-fixing, his lawyer Shaigan Ijaz confirmed.

Sharjeel, who has played one Test, 25 ODIs and 15 T20Is, was found guilty by a PCB tribunal for being involved in spot-fixing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year.

The 28-year-old had two-and-a-half years of the five suspended but his lawyer is confident they can have the entire ban overturned.

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Ijaz said: “We have find an appeal against the decision with the board of governors. The file will be transmitted to an independent adjudicator and proceedings will go on from there.

“We have contested all five charges. We believe the decision of the tribunal was based on speculation, and our cross examination of the PCB witnesses was not read properly.

“We believe our chances of overturning the decision are bright.”

However, PCB chairman Najam Sethi said on social media that the board will also appeal the verdict, believing the sentence handed out to the player to be lenient.

Sethi wrote on twitter: “PCB has appealed the sentence imposed on Sharjeel by the tribunal and is seeking a stiffer sentence.”

The charges relate to spot-fixing allegedly committed by Sharjeel during the opening game of the PSL, where he stands accused of pre-arranging with a bookie to play two dot balls.

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