Sharjeel Khan banned for 5 years (2.5 suspended)

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Omar, Aug 30, 2017.

Sharjeel Khan banned for 5 years (2.5 suspended)

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Omar, Aug 30, 2017.

by Omar
Aug 30, 2017 at 9:56 AM
  1. Omar

    Omar Cricistan Moderator

    Jan 27, 2010

    Sharjeel gets a 5 year ban with 2 and a half years as a suspended sentence. He was found guilty of all the 5 charges on him including spot fixing.

    Sharjeel Khan has been banned from all forms of cricket for five years for his role in the spot-fixing scandal that marred the Pakistan Super League earlier this year. Sharjeel was facing five major charges of breaches of the PCB's anti-corruption code and was found guilty for all five. Two-and-a-half years out of the five-year sentence are suspended, meaning Sharjeel could plot a return to cricket by August 2019.

    His potential ban could have extended between five years and life, but he was given a minimum punishment on all charges. Sharjeel's lawyer, Shaigan Ijaz, said they would appeal against the ban.

    Sharjeel's ban will take effect from when he was first suspended, on February 10, 2017. Sharjeel played for Islamabad United in the PSL and was sent home from the UAE, when he was suspended along with team-mate Khalid Latif.
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Omar, Aug 30, 2017.

    1. Omar

      Omar Cricistan Moderator

      Jan 27, 2010
    2. saiyan0321

      saiyan0321 Cricistani

      Oct 5, 2014
      I see. Good that we took action against spot fixing in PSL at the start rather than letting it grow and become a monster like fixing in IPL.

      Many may say punishment is harsh but we must understand that spot fixing is a serious offence and examples must be set and shown that it doesn't matter if domestic or international, corruption and law breaking is a crime which will be punished.

      It is sad bcz he was growing but law is the law.

      Let's hope that they silently do time and focus on a comeback and let's also hope that this doesn't become another conspiracy against Pakistan cricket, pakistan as a state and pakistan flag like another certain cricketer who has more dramas than meaningful innings.

      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

      Apr 26, 2011
      That's it for Sharjeel Khan. He will be 32-33 when the ban ends and I don't see him playing for Pakistan after that.
    4. iZeeshan

      iZeeshan Cricistani

      May 22, 2012
      Don't think it's harsh enough.
    5. s_h_a_f

      s_h_a_f Well-Known Member

      Dec 26, 2011
      2.5yrs suspended? How did they come to thay decision?
    6. Omar

      Omar Cricistan Moderator

      Jan 27, 2010
      Lahore August 30, 2017: The Anti Corruption Tribunal verdict against Sharjeel Khan is a vindication of our policy of zero tolerance against corrupt practices in the game of cricket.

      The PCB Anti Corruption and Vigilance Department deserves great credit for identifying the culprits and nipping the spot-fixing scandal in the bud through their prompt action.

      The PCB fully backed the Anti Corruption and Vigilance Department as soon as the plot to corrupt the opening game of the Pakistan Super League 2017 season was unearthed.

      Both Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were promptly withdrawn and sent home for their questionable conduct that sullied the game besides tarnishing the spotless reputation of the PSL.

      The PCB's legal team worked tirelessly with the Anti Corruption and Vigilance Department over the course of the last six months to bring Sharjeel Khan's case to it's logical conclusion.

      PCB hopes that the three remaining players will be dealt with in accordance to the proportionality of their offences.

      The PCB will continue to fight all corrupt elements that attempt to tarnish the game both at the Domestic and International level.
    7. Ahson8

      Ahson8 Well-Known Member

      Jun 9, 2012
      He's gotten it pretty easy tbh
    8. Del

      Del Cricistani

      Dec 21, 2016
      Don't think it a big lose for us since we got Fakhar. Who is fitter (Sharjeel was a good but also a major liability in the field), can score big and can bowl few over too.

      Time to move on.
    9. godzilla

      godzilla Cricistani

      May 12, 2016
      a half hearted zero tolerance policy.

      the whole episode from start to finish is a joke. if he's guilty, he should be banned for life. management's education should be effective enough for there not to be a case. the tribunal length was an absolute shambles.

      in total, as expected, in line with what has happened in the past, and no doubt precisely what will continue into the future.

      total bs cricket board.
    10. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      Sharjeel Khan not happy with decision to ban him

      Pakistan batsman Sharjeel Khan, who was today banned for five years on spot-fixing charges, said he has reservations over the decision announced by the three- member Anti-Corruption tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board. His lawyer Shaighan Ejaz told a media conference hours after the tribunal released it's short order announcing the ban that Sharjeel would mull over appealing against the decision.

      "Even though the ban is technically for two and half years but my client is concerned that he can't play cricket until August 2019," Ejaz said.

      He said the tribunal decision was not as expected by them.

      "Given the proceedings of the case, we were expecting a different decision," he said.

      Ejaz said that once the full order was announced, his client would decide on filing an appeal within 14-days against his five-year ban.

      PCB's legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi hinted that the Board was also not satisfied with the decision.

      "The tribunal accepted all five charges against Sharjeel but gave him the minimum possible punishment. It is also a fact that Sharjeel even after the completion of his ban will have to convince the PCB and authorities that he can be allowed back into competition," he said.

      Sharjeel, who has played one Test, 25 ODIs and 25 T20 internationals for Pakistan, was sent back from Dubai in February with teammate Khalid Latif by the PCB after they were found violating the anti-corruption code in the Pakistan Super League.

      The tribunal could hand a tougher punishment on Khalid Latif as he has, unlike Sharjeel, not accepted the authority of the tribunal through his lawyer and also challenged the formation of the tribunal twice in the Lahore High Court.
    11. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      Money, fame, respect and glory – it was all there for Sharjeel Khan, but it still wasn’t enough

      It’s the last ball of the 22nd over. Pakistan is chasing a mammoth total against Australia in the fifth ODI at Adelaide. Sharjeel Khan is standing strong and handsome at 70 with Pakistan’s hopes of winning resting on his shoulders. Adam Zampa throws a tossed up delivery outside the off stump, Khan has a good look at it before he powerfully swings his bat across the line and sends the ball sailing over the wide-on boundary for a six.

      Sharjeel Khan pulls, Australia v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Adelaide, January 26, 2017. Photo: AFP

      The ball I just recalled could potentially be the last time we see Khan smash a boundary wearing Pakistan’s national jersey as the five-year ban imposed on Khan could mean the end to his short-lived career.

      This is not the first time that Pakistan has failed to protect its players from the beast called spot-fixing. I used the analogy between spot-fixing and a beast because of its cult appetite for consuming bright promising careers. Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and now Khan, each one of them were a shining prospect for Pakistan before their careers took a turn for the worse and got entangled in the jaws of spot-fixing.

      Sharjeel Khan celebrates his half-century, Pakistan v West Indies, 1st ODI, Sharjah, September 30, 2016. Photo: Getty

      The most mind-boggling question is how individuals shining at the highest possible level of the cricket world, be lured onto a road to self-destruction? Khan had cemented his place in the national side for ODIs and T20s and he had just made his first breakthrough in the playing XI of the strong Pakistani Test line-up. If this wasn’t enough, he also had a heavy cheque awaiting him from Leicestershire county club. Success was literally glaring Khan in the eyes and he blinked.

      Money, fame, respect and glory; it was all there for Khan, yet he risked it all. Everything he had dreamed to achieve as a kid was in his palms but somehow it still wasn’t enough. It makes me wonder if living your dream doesn’t stop a player from spot-fixing, then what will? Or dare I ask, is there a cure for this insatiable beast at all?

      Sharjeel Khan reacts on getting to his hundred, Ireland v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Malahide, August 18, 2016. Photo: AFP

      International Cricket Council (ICC) tried to grab the beast by its horns and slapped the trio of Salman Butt, Asif and Amir with lengthy bans from international cricket. Amir’s tragic fall, in particular, was supposed to be a lesson for generations to come. As it turned out, it only took a handful of years before the next victim of spot-fixing has emerged from our very own Pakistan Super League (PSL).

      Sharjeel Khan celebrates his century, Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi, Pakistan Super League, 3rd Qualifying final, Dubai, February 21, 2016. Photo: PCB

      The voices asking for lifetime bans become louder and clearer after Khan’s case. It seems even Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is pushing for a lifetime ban as it plans on filing an appeal for a harsher punishment against Khan. On the face of it, lifetime bans seem like an answer to fixing, however, if it doesn’t work, what’s next?

      Raising the level of punishment may induce more fear in players but it doesn’t shut down the booming betting market. Fixing has been lurking in cricket’s own backyard ever since the beginning. Across the border sits the biggest betting market in the cricket world and it is reported that millions of rupees are bet on each match of Indian Premier League (IPL). Similarly, as soon as PSL hit some fame, fixing crept its way in. I just feel that when stakes are high, fixing is bound to exist.

      Sharjeel Khan plays the ball into the leg side, India v Pakistan, World T20 2016, Group 2, Kolkata, March 19, 2016. Photo: AFP

      To eradicate fixing from cricket completely, one will have to reverse the actions taken to commercialise the sport but monitoring power-packed T20 leagues around the globe is a task beyond ICC’s capacity. Loopholes will continue to exist for spot-fixing and will ultimately find their way into these lucrative T20 leagues. Since money has become a superior priority for this gentleman’s game, fixing is here to stay regardless of lifetime bans.

      It is yet to be seen whether a five-year or lifetime ban will have an impact on players to come or not. All we know for now is that it’s time to say goodbye to Khan because his chances of returning back to cricket are rather bleak. Neither is he lucky enough to have age on his side nor does he enjoy the public sympathy that Amir was able to garner. To make matters worse, Fakhar Zaman is the new sensation for the nation and Khan, on the other hand, is a fading memory. I hate to say it folks, but another one bites the dust!
    12. chandtara

      chandtara Mr Cricistan

      Jun 18, 2011
      Tribunal reached 'irrefutable conclusion' that Sharjeel was involved in breaching the code of conduct

      KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday released the detailed verdict of an anti-corruption tribunal against opening batsman Sharjeel Khan, saying that it reached “irrefutable conclusion” that the batsman was involved in breaching the code of conduct.

      The tribunal has imposed a five-year ban on Sharjeel Khan, of which half of the sentence remains suspended.

      The 60-page detailed verdict, available on PCB’s website, says that Sharjeel not only met with the alleged bookie but also executed the plan as discussed.

      “The narration of the events, as made by the PCB, in the opening brief and substantiated by witnesses and circumstances narrated before us, not only by the witnesses of PCB, but by other relevant material available on record, we have come to the irrefutable conclusion that not only spot fixing was discussed by Mr. Sharjeel Khan, but was meticulously executed by him in a text book manner, in the mode and manner agreed,” reads the detailed verdict.

      The decision also outlines the series of events which took place on February 9, the opening day of the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) when the alleged fixing was executed by Khan.

      “After the (anti-corruption) lecture on 9th February, Sharjeel Khan allegedly knowingly met bookie/fixer called Yousuf Anwar at a café near Conrad Hotel situated at Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, along with Khalid Latif,” added the verdict.

      “Yousuf offered Sharjeel Khan to fix part of the PSL match to be played on the same day in evening between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai,” it added.

      The verdict further mentions that the modus operandi of fixing, as allegedly agreed by Sharjeel was that he would, after the first over in whichever subsequent over he comes on strike, from the start of over, play the first and second consecutive balls as dot ball.

      It also says that Sharjeel discussed signals with the alleged bookies which included stretching and he carried out the signals later in the match after playing the agreed upon dot balls.

      It has also been confirmed that PCB’s Colonel Azam, on receipt of information, didn’t interfere in the execution of this plan with the hope that the incident would not materialise.

      “But, unfortunately, the information available proved to be true and the plan was executed as conveyed to him,” it says.

      The detailed verdict also says that the tribunal analysed all aspects of the charges on Khan, including views of former players and experts on the match conditions, Sharjeel’s past record in such conditions and his natural aggressive style.

      “Three witnesses produced by Sharjeel Khan 1) Dean Jonnes, 2) Sadiq Mohammad and 3) Mohammad Yousuf expressed their opinion only on the merit of the dot balls played by Sharjeel and categorically stated that they were asked by Sharjeel to comment on those.” the verdict says.

      “Their depositions appeared almost identical as if these were written by one person alone,” adds the detailed verdict adding that their deposition was without background knowledge and they shared honest opinions during the course of cross-examination.

      “The two dot balls carried a story behind it where it was predicted before the match that the two dot balls would be played at a stated moment and it happened and the responses of witnesses (of Sharjeel Khan) was that such an action cause suspicion,” says the verdict.

      The tribunal further stated that Sharjeel was provided an opportunity to dispel this impression himself by making an unequivocal and categorical statement on how he was playing against his natural style but he didn’t enter the witness box.

      “This leaves us with no option but to draw an adverse opinion with the viewpoint presented by the PCB,” it says.

      The verdict also mentions transcripts from Khan’s interview at ICC headquarters soon after the match and also in Lahore on September 17.

      In an interview on the night of September 9, according to details provided in the verdict, Khan stated that during the Pakistan vs West Indies series in October 2016, Khalid Latif initiated discussions with him on the modus operandi of fixers. In same the interview Khan admitted whom he was going to meet.

      However, in an interview at PCB headquarter on September 17, Sharjeel stated that Khalid Latif told him that Nasir Jamshed was insisting that they meet the man and that Khalid told him that the man was not of good repute. Yet he went to meet him.

      According to the verdict, Sharjeel stated that stretching was his routine and that the yellow grip he used was because he considered it lucky for him.

      “We have viewed his previous 8 ODIs and 12 T20Is and we observed that squat like stretch, he made in the match, was not visible at all in any of these,” the verdict says.

      At a point, the detailed verdict also mentions that it essential to state that story narrated by Khan that he had gone to see a fan.

      “This is in sharp contrast to the normal routine and behaviour of the players for fans,” says the verdict further.

      The tribunal further states that it came on record that ICC, PCB and UK’s NCA had identical information earlier regarding the happening of this event with photographic details and the information proved to be true.

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