Banned Pakistan batsman Sharjeel Khan ‘requests for forgiveness’ for spot-fixing in PSL – India Today

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Disgraced Pakistan cricketer Sharjeel Khan on Monday apologised to the country’s cricket board, fans and his former teammates in a bid to get his career back on track after getting banned from the sport on charges of spot-fixing.

Sharjeel met with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) anti-corruption officials who directed him to undergo a rehabilitation programme, putting him on track to return to the sport.

“I offer my unconditional apology to the PCB, my teammates, fans and family for the irresponsible conduct that brought embarrassment to everyone,” Sharjeel was quoted as saying in a PCB press release.

“I request for forgiveness and assure I will show more responsibility in my future actions,” he said.

The PCB responded to Sharjeel’s apology by saying that he has been given a roadmap to revive his career.

“Sharjeel has completed his two and a half years of ineligibility and will now complete rehabilitation before the end of the year and then reintegrate into top level cricket,” the PCB statement said.

The PCB had earlier rejected Sharjeel’s appeal to allow him to play domestic cricket before his ban for involvement in spot-fixing expires in August this year.

Sharjeel, a dashing opener, was suspended and sent back home after the start of the second Pakistan Super League edition in Dubai in February, 2017 and was later banned for five years for breaching five clauses of the anti-corruption code.

Sharjeel in his application to the Board chairman had accepted all five charges laid out against him by the tribunal for violating the anti-corruption code.

Sharjeel, who made his international debut for Pakistan in 2013, has played one Test, 25 one-day internationals and 15 Twenty20 internationals for his country.

The anti-corruption tribunal of the PCB, which banned Sharjeel, had later suspended half of his five-year ban.

Fellow Islamabad United player Khalid Latif was also suspended and sent home from the domestic Twenty20 competition. At least two other players were implicated in the scandal while another, fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, was fined and given a one-year ban in March, 2017.

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