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PCB announces five year ban for Sharjeel Khan

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed a five-year ban for opening batsman Sharjeel Khan for his involvement in spot-fixing during the 2017 edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The 28-year-old will not be allowed to play in either domestic or international cricket for next 30 months and will be kept under observation for the entire five years.

Asghat Haider, who headed the three-member PCB tribunal that sentenced him confirmed the news on Sharjeel on Wednesday.

“Sharjeel is banned for five years, which has two-and-a-half year suspended, after the proceedings of the case,” said Haider.

Sharjeel has been one of the bright spots in Pakistan's limited overs team as he scored three consecutive fifties in the ODI series against Australia in January and has featured in one Test, 25 games in the 50-over format and 15 Twenty20 Internationals.

Earlier, in February, Sharjeel along with his Islamabad Untied team-mate Khalid Latif were provisionally suspended following a joint investigation made by PCB along with International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit in earlier in PSL.

“The charges have been proven. He was given minimum punishment with no fines imposed. This decision has shown that we had strong proofs against him,” Taffazul Rizvi, PCB legal advisor, told Pakistan’s Geo TV News.

The PCB has already suspended pace bowler Mohammad Irfan for one year after he failed to report a corruption approach for the second time during the Pakistan Super League.

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