Shar­jeel ap­peal against spot-fix­ing ban re­jected

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LA­HORE: An ap­peal by fast-ris­ing Pak­istan opener Shar­jeel Khan against a five-year ban over spot-fix­ing was re­jected this week with his lawyer Thurs­day vow­ing to chal­lenge the de­ci­sion in a higher court.

Shar­jeel, 28, was banned for five years, twoand-a-half of them sus­pended, in Au­gust fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by a three-mem­ber Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) tri­bunal. The scan­dal sur­faced dur­ing the sec­ond edi­tion of the Pak­istan Su­per League in Fe­bru­ary this year. The league was held in the United Arab Emi­rates with the fi­nal staged in La­hore.

One-man ad­ju­di­ca­tor Jus­tice Faqir Khokhar up­held the ban late Wed­nes­day and also re­jected the PCB’s ap­peal to in­crease the pun­ish­ment, which can range from five years to a life ban ac­cord­ing to the anti-cor­rup­tion code. “The de­ci­sion is dis­ap­point­ing and we will def­i­nitely go to the high court after know­ing on what grounds our ap­peal was re­jected,” Shar­jeel’s lawyer Shaigan Ijaz told AFP.

“The PCB has not been able to prove the spot-fix­ing and that has halted a promis­ing ca­reer.”

At the time of the ban, Shar­jeel had played one Test, 25 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and 15 Twen­ty20s for Pak­istan. He was also con­tracted by English county Le­ices­ter­shire and was in line for get­ting more con­tracts in Twenty20 leagues around the world.

Shar­jeel was charged with de­lib­er­ately play­ing two dot balls — deliveries off which no run is scored — in his team Is­lam­abad United’s open­ing match against Pe­shawar Zalmi in Dubai.

Spot-fix­ing in­volves de­ter­min­ing the out­come of a spe­cific part of a match rather than the over­all re­sult, and is there­fore harder to de­tect than match­fix­ing. His fel­low opener Khalid Latif was banned for five years and fined one mil­lion ru­pees (10,000 dol­lars) for or­ches­trat­ing the deal with a bookie.

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