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PSL spot-fixing row: Sharjeel Khan’s appeal rejected by Appellate Tribunal

Tainted Pakistan batsman Sharjeel Khan’s appeal against his five-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Anti-corruption Tribunal over his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing case has been overruled by the Appellate Tribunal.

The spot-fixing allegations relate to a match between Sharjeel’s team Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in February during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

According to the Dawn, Khan’s appeal along with PCB’s petition was rejected by the Tribunal headed by retired Justice Faqir Mohammad Khokhar.

Khan’s lawyer, in a petition, had earlier requested to curtail the suspension of the banned cricketer, which was handed to Sharjeel by the ACU.

On the other side, the PCB had also submitted a petition to the tribunal, asking to grant a more severe punishment to the cricketer as the current suspension did not justify the breach committed by him.

The Tribunal will now hear out the petition of Khalid Latif, another Pakistan cricketer, who was also granted five-year ban along with Sharjeel.

On March 6, a three-member tribunal was formed by the PCB to investigate the spot-fixing case allegedly involving Sharjeel and Khalid Latif.

Sharjeel and Latif are facing charges for a number of breaches of the anti-corruption code of the PCB while playing for their respective teams in the second edition of the PSL.

Other players involved in the spot-fixing case were Shahzaib Hasan, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz.

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