Pakistan opening batsman Sharjeel Khan, who is facing the spot-fixing charges has categorically stated that he would not avoid appearing as a witness before the Pakistan Cricket Board-appointed Tribunal committee which is supervising the Anti-corruption happenings and hearing the cases of provisionally suspended players in Lahore.
After the scandal surfaced like a wildfire during the recently concluded second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in March, as many as six players were provisionally suspended by the PCB.
The hard-hitting batsman Sharjeel’s legal representative Sheghan Ijaz has revealed the matter while briefing the media gathering in Lahore.
“Yes, we have decided that Sharjeel will not appear before the tribunal as a witness,” Ijaz was quoted as saying by Dawn.
The case was widened after Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) swung into action to look into the matter when they found an international syndicate, who corrupt the games were involved during the inaugural game of the second edition on February 9.
Ijaz revealed the national cricket board has to provide comprehensive evidence – to put more weight on their case while adding the board is compelling to witnesses which according to him has to be done with proper method.
Earlier, the 27-year-old burly Sharjeel was accused of breaching the PCB’s Code of Conduct and failing to report the approaches at the same time from a bookmaker which according to PCB constitution is illegal and a player if found guilty could find himself banned for a period of five years or a life ban.
Interestingly, Hyderabad-born batsman, Sharjeel is also facing the charge of playing the two dot-balls deliberately. Sharjeel scored a single off four balls of Hasan Ali, who was the part of Darren Sammy-led Peshawar Zalmi.
However, Sharjeel’s lawyer Ijaz has produced former cricketers before the court as witnesses as ex-Pakistan skipper Mohammad Yousuf revealed to media, the accused played balls according to its merit while adding the ample evidence has to be there otherwise innocent players should not be punished.
“Sharjeel [Khan] played both the balls on merit and he played forceful shots on both and one (stroke) could have resulted in a single. Had he wanted to play a dot ball he would have either left it or played with a dead bat,” Yousuf was quoted by Pakistan media.
PSL franchise Islamabad United’s head coach and former Australian Dean Jones also spoke in favour of his ward including Sadiq Mohammad of Pakistan. It’s pertinent to note, Sharjeel’s lawyer revealed he is not in any condition to give his verdict on his client’s case but has asked the Tribunal for providing conclusive evidence in this regard.
On the other side, PCB’s attorney Tafazzul Rizvi revealed if Sharjeel wouldn’t appear during the hearing process it simply states that he is not interested in defending his case.
Rizvi added the witnesses could be summoned anytime if they found the Tribunal committee has a requirement at the behest. On March 6, a three-member tribunal was formed by the PCB to investigate the spot-fixing case allegedly involving Sharjeel and Khalid Latif.
In March, the three-member committee was formed by PCB which is headed by retired Justice Ijaz Haider Rizvi, as he is flanked by former PCB chief Tauqir Zia and ex-wicketkeeper batsman Wasim Bari. Sharjeel’s Islamabad United teammate Khalid Latif is also facing the alleged charges followed by Karachi Kings opening batsman Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed, who wasn’t the part of PSL is also being alleged. However, his case is yet to be initiated by its board.
Coming to the conclusion, two Pakistani players; Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz were banned for six months and two months, respectively which further included the hefty fine.
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June 3, 2017 at 08:33AM