The PSL 2017 turned out to be the worst and cursed one due to the top-order left-handed batsman Sharjeel Khan. He was found as guilty in Pakistan Super League 2017 because of the spot-fixing scandal. Due to this, a three-member anti-corruption tribunal of PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) suspended Sharjeel Khan for the next 5 years. At the time of his scandal and suspension, he was supporting and playing from the team Islamabad United.
The last international appearance by Sharjeel was in ODI match of Pakstan VS. Australia in January 2017 at Adelaide Oval. In the meantime, he decided to take rehabilitation to resume his career as a cricketer. If Sharjeel passes this procedure and cooperates well with the cricket board of the country, then he would be able to make himself entitled to play the national matches during September 2019.
Sharjeel Khan To Take The Hard Route
Furthermore, it was also observed that this 29-years old player never tried to challenge the decision of suspension taken by PCB. Instead, he took a hard route for making a comeback. He belongs from Sindh and wishes to resume his career by playing cricket at the domestic level. A developments source arranged a meeting with Chairman PCB Ehsan Mani a few days back in which Sharjeel Khan submitted his case of a review.
According to the report by the source, “There is no intention shown by Sharjeel to challenge the orders of his suspension for 5 years from cricket, and he is also willing to join the rehabilitation program by PCB. This left-handed batsman has assured the PCB in a formal way regarding his cooperation in this matter. Sharjeel Khan was to return to domestic cricket on an early basis, before the completion of 5 years ban, just like Muhammad Amir”.
Also, according to the anti-corruption code of PCB, a banned cricket player is allowed to engage himself in domestic cricket matches before the completion of the eligibility period. But this is only possible if he gets himself enrolled in the rehabilitation process arranged in the code. Furthermore, he becomes eligible for playing cricket at the national level if he properly cooperates with the cricket board.
Other Players Banned As Well
PCB also banned some other Pakistani batsmen due to the spot-fixing issues. Amongst those, one is Khalid Latif, who was also suspended for 5 years from international cricket due to his participation is spot-fixing when he was playing in the first edition of this league. He was playing from the Islamabad United team. His ban was also reduced by PCB Anti-corruption tribunal because of his cooperation. On similar grounds, Sharjeel presented his case for review.
This ban and suspension by PCB will act as a halt to the good-looking career of Sharjeel Khan. During his career before the suspension, he played one-off test, 15 T20Is, and 25 ODIs. His ban was also reduced to half by PCB, but for continuing playing cricket at the national level, he needs to involve in the rehabilitation program.