Pakistan Opener, Sharjeel Khan, on Wednesday was found guilty by anti corruption unit and suffered a five-year suspended ban by the board. This ban was imposed by Pakistan Cricket Board for his role in spot-fixing in the second edition of the Pakistan Premier League.
Both the players suffering the ban namely, Sharjeel Khan and Shaighan Ejaz confirmed that they would appeal to change the decision as soon as the reports are filed.
“Yes we have decided that we will appeal the ban as we have our reservations over the tribunal finding Sharjeel guilty of three major charges which include doing spot-fixing and agreeing to spot-fix a match in the Pakistan Super League,” Ejaz said.
Reiterating his stance from earlier, Ejaz insisted PCB failed to submit any evidence against his client during the course of the hearings. “When the Board could not produce any evidence against Sharjeel confirming that he agreed to spot-fix a match in the PSL, we are not happy with the decision and we plan to appeal it when the time comes,” Ejaz added.
Sharjeel’s ban is effective from 10th February 2017. On the other hand, Ejaaz claimed that PCB was unable to produce any kind of video or audio claims.
“There is no question of any financial transaction taking place between my client and this bookmaker and nothing of this sort was shown before the tribunal. There is no evidence to suggest Sharjeel did spot-fixing at any time,” he said.
“We have reservations that despite being charged on all counts, the tribunal did not impose any fine on Sharjeel. We also have issues with two years and six months of his five- year ban being a suspended sentence,” Rizvi, PCB’s legal advisor said.