Sharjeel Khan handed five-year ban for PSL spot-fixing

01:26 PM | 30 Aug, 2017
Sharjeel Khan handed five-year ban for PSL spot-fixing
LAHORE - Pakistan's star batsman Sharjeel Khan was handed a five-year ban by the country's cricketing board for his involvement in spot-fixing scandal during Pakistan Supre League 2017.

In an interim order, it was said that for next two and a half years Khan will not be allowed to play domestic and international cricket, and for the rest of the years, the board authorities would monitor him.

A three-member tribunal headed by Lahore High Court’s former judge Asghar Haider announced the verdict that is likely to seal Sharjeel's cricketing stint.

"Sharjeel is banned for five years, which has two-and-a-half year suspended, after the proceedings of the case," said Asghar Haider after Sharjeel accepted all the five charges leveled against him.

On violation of five clauses, a charge sheet against the opening batsman was presented on Feb 18 while the hearing of Khan’s case started on March 24.

Earlier, Khan denied his involvement in relation to allegations of spot-fixing during the high-octane Pakistan Super League 2017.

'I have not done anything wrong. Everything will get clear soon,' he said when approached by journalists.

No fine was imposed on the cricketer who was found guilty of intentionally playing dot-balls during the second season of Pakistan Super League that was organized in February-March.

Talking to newsmen after the hearing, Sharjeel's lawyer expressed his reservations over the verdict and said that the ban would take effect from February 10, 2017

'We would devise the future course of actions after a detailed judgment' said the counsel

On the other hand, PCB legal advisor, Mr Taffazul Rizvi expressed that Sharjeel was a competent player and PCB imposed a minimum possible ban on him.

'Sharjeel was punished on the basis of solid evidence' affirmed Rizvi.

PSL Spot-Fixing

The cricket fans in Pakistan were taken aback when in February, this year during the first week of Pakistan Super League, PCB sent back two cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif home besides suspending them.

The reason for the mysterious return was found to be the duo's alleged involvement in spot-fixing and links with bookmakers.

“Sharjeel and Latif have been suspended and the rigorous and wide-ranging investigation by the PCB supported by the International Cricket Council will continue as part of collective efforts to protect the integrity of the sport,” the PCP said in a statement.

After the scandal that rocked the PSL and dented the credibility of the whole tournament, PCB constituted a three-member tribunal in March comprising Justice (Retd) Asghar Haidar, Lieutenant General (Retd) Tauqir Zia and former Test cricketer Wasim Bari.

The tribunal after multiple hearings concluded its inquiry and imposed a five-year ban on tSharjeel Khan while the fate of Khalid Latif still hnags in limbo.

Besides the duo, PCB widened the scope of investigations and also imposed few restrictions on left-arm pacer Muhammad Irfan after thorough investigations regarding alleged spot-fixing.

Irfan along with four other cricketers including Shahzeb Hassan and Zulfiqar Babar of Quetta Gladiators were also grilled by PCB, however, they were cleared of any allegations and were allowed to continue playing remaninig matches of PSL.

The writer is a civil servant.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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