The legal representative of left-handed opener Sharjeel Khan, Shaigan Ijaz has revealed that Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United’s coach and former Australia batsman Dean Jones, the former Pakistan skipper Mohammad Yousuf and opener Sadiq Mohammad will stand in defence for the provisionally suspended batsman.
While talking to the reporters in Pakistan, Ijaz added the expert witnesses will be present at the tribunal hearing on May 24 in Lahore.
“PCB made up a story and is trying to back it up with witnesses. Board is being lenient with some players, while it is acting strictly against others,” Sharjeel’s lawyer Ijaz remarked.
Moreover, the three-member tribunal committee is investigating the case which has already witnessed Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz being handed over short-term bans respectively which further include fine of PKR one million and two lakh respectively.
“Sharjeel’s lawyer has the right to disagree with the witnesses. Everyone will know the truth once the decision comes out,” Taffazul Rizvi, PCB’s legal advisor responded Ijaz’s comments.
It was British National Crime Agency (BNCA) which has helped to uncover the spot-fixing saga during the recently concluded second edition of PSL in the United Arab Emirates following intelligence inputs,” revealed by Sir Ronnie Flanagan, who’s ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Safety Unit chief.
“The inquiry was absolutely led by the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) throughout and our role was simply that before the PSL match we received intelligence that was passed to us by the British National Crime Agency,” revealed by Flanagan, who was appointed as the ACSU chief in 2010.
The reports suggested that Sir Ronnie Flanagan, who’s ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Safety Unit chief told media persons we had nothing to do with this spot-fixing case while praising the PCB’s efforts to put an end to such menace.
“I would say that the PCB and its unit in this entire process have demonstrated a great determination to keep cricket clean,” Flanagan asserted.
The 27-year-old Sharjeel was provisionally suspended by PCB alongside Khalid Latif after board’s Security and Vigilance wing swung into action in February after news of spot-fixing scandal surfaced soon after an inaugural game of PSL’s second edition.
“As chairman of the ICC’s ACSU, and I work very closely with the domestic anti-corruption units across the world, whatever is the outcome of this case, Flanagan added.
The lanky fast bowler Irfan and allrounder Nawaz were banned after failing to inform the Anti-Corruption Unit of PCB following the approaches from International syndicates, who are trying to corrupt the matches.
On the other side, Pakistani openers Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed are facing the charges of serious breach of the Anti-Corruption Code which could further see them facing the life ban which ranges from the five-year ban and a hefty fine.
Interestingly, Sharjeel is facing the brunt after playing two dot balls while scoring a single against Peshawar Zalmi.
The Hyderabad-born opener has played 25 One-day Internationals, 15 Twenty20 Internationals and solitary Test for Pakistan since making his debut in 2013.