PCB bans cricketer Sharjeel Khan for five years

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Pakistan cricketer Sharjeel Khan has expressed that he is not happy with the ban imposed by Pakistan Cricket Board's three-member Anti-Corruption tribunal as he won't be able to play global cricket until August 2019.

In 2012-13, Pakistan's Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was imposed a life ban by an anti-corruption tribunal of the England and Wales Cricket Board for fixing in English county cricket while playing for Essex.

"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.

The minimum punishment for the charges was five years with a maximum of a life ban.

"We were expecting acquittal against the spot-fixing charges and we are going to appeal against them", Ijaz was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "The charges have been proven. Just like the players, the PCB also has the right of appeal against the tribunal's decision", said PCB lawyer Taffazul Rizvi.

Earlier, Khan denied his involvement in relation to allegations of spot-fixing during the high-octane Pakistan Super League 2017.

All-rounder Mohammad Nawaz and seamer Mohammad Irfan have already been sanctioned as part of the inquiry after they failed to report suspicious approaches.

"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 its logical conclusion". "We will file an appeal on the decision".

According to the Dawn, he will not be able to play any form of cricket for at least 30 months, after which he may be allowed to play domestic cricket until the completion of the ban - subject to the terms and conditions set by the PCB.