Pakistan cricket authorities have handed spot-fixing evidence to opening batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif as a court rejected an appeal challenging the investigation. (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken a lot of steps to ensure their cricketers maintain discipline and integrity. The match-fixing scandals were on a high in Pakistan during the Pakistan Super League a season ago. Since then they have tightened the screws and have not let anyone slip through their fingers. The new Anti-Corruption codes are put well into practice.
The PSL fixing scandal saw Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan being caught. They were suspended and sent back from Dubai to Pakistan after the allegations. Latif was accused of accepting the offer the bookies made to him and also initiating the same. Khan was also accused of taking money for performing in a certain way.
The accused Pakistan players were later proven guilty and were banned for five years from any level and form of cricket. Sharjeel was proven guilty for all of the five charges imposed on him by the PCB. However, the board filed for a longer ban in the Anti-Corruption court. The former Test batsman, however, was not going down without a fight.
Sharjeel Khanâs appeal dismissed
The 28-year-old appealed against all the five charges. The tribunal had found him guilty of meeting with the bookies and then accepting the offer they made. He denies all the claims and appealed against the ban. However, the adjudicator has dismissed his appeal.
The independent adjudicator of Pakistan Cricket Board rejected his appeal and Sharjeel remains banned for five years. However, according to his lawyer, Khan will now appeal in the High Court. Following his footsteps, Latif is also preparing for an appeal against his ban. It looks highly unlikely that his appeal will have a successful end to it.
PCBâs appeal for a longer ban was also dismissed by the same adjudicator. If the High Court decides against uplifting the ban then Latif and Khan are left with only one option and that will be appealing in the International Court of Arbitration in Sports which is situated in Geneva.