Pakistan’s left-handed opening batsman Sharjeel Khan has admitted to participating in a spot-fixing scandal in PSL 2017, which saw the play get banned for five-years.
In a press release shared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), a meeting took place between both parties which focused on Sharjeel’s re-entry to cricket.
Sharjeel has enrolled in PCB’s rehabilitation program after serving two-and-a-half-years on the sidelines for breaching PCB’s Anti-Corruption Conduct.
The 30-year-old will complete the rehabilitation program by the end of the year and then the board will evaluate his progress. If he succeeds then he will be reintegrated in top-level cricket.
According to the details of the program, Sharjeel will:
- Attend and deliver lectures on the PCB Anti-Corruption Code
- Visit orphanage homes as part of social service
- Participate in integration sessions with the Pakistan cricket team players and player support personnel
Speaking about his role in the spot-fixing scandal, he said:
I offer my unconditional apology to the Pakistan Cricket Board, my team-mates, fans and family for the irresponsible conduct that brought embarrassment to everyone. I request for forgiveness and assure I will show more responsibility in my future actions.
I remind all cricketers to strictly and religiously follow the PCB Anti-Corruption Code as breaching it will only earn momentary gains but the consequences will be severe and last for rest of the career.
I have agreed on the future course of action with the PCB, including helping it in its education sessions on anti-corruption.
I will soon return to club cricket but will not rush into domestic cricket as I have been away for nearly 30 months and need time to reclaim my fitness and form.
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