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Sharjeel Khan finally paved his way of an early comeback

Pakistan’s banned Test batsman Sharjeel Khan has accepted all five charges imposed on him by the Anti-Corruption Tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board in a bid to make an early comeback to domestic cricket.

Khan is serving a five-year ban for his role in spot-fixing scandal during the Pakistan Super League in February 2017.

Khan’s lawyer Shaighan Ejaz confirmed that his client has filed an application with the PCB Chairman to allow him to play domestic cricket before his ban expires at the end of August this year.

“Sharjeel has in his application accepted the ban imposed on him by the tribunal which means that he has accepted the five charges that were laid out against him under the anti-corruption code,” Ejaz said.

The Anti-Corruption Tribunal of the PCB had banned Sharjeel, who has appeared in one Test, 25 ODIs and 15 T20 internationals, last year in August for five-years with half of his sentence to remain suspended.

“We have asked the PCB Chairman to allow Sharjeel to resume playing club and domestic cricket before his ban ends in August. The Chairman has to get approval of the Board of Governors to allow this under a clause of the anti-corruption code,” the lawyer said.

Ejaz said that in his application, Khan, 29, admitted to his mistakes. He was accused of breaching five clauses of the anti-corruption code. The left-hander has played one Test, 25 ODIs and 15 T20 internationals for Pakistan.

One of the more serious charges against Khan is that he had met with a suspected bookmaker and agreed to spot-fixing during the first match of the second season of the PSL.

The suspected bookie, Yousuf Anwar, has now been charged by the National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom for bribery and corruption and is facing trial in a magistrate’s court.

The UK Crime Agency has also charged Pakistan’s discarded Test opener, Nasir Jamshed, who resides in the UK. Jamshed was named a key suspect in the PSL spot-fixing scandal last year, and is suspected of having introduced Sharjeel, Khalid Latif and other players to Yousuf and other bookies.

The UK agency is investigating spot-fixing and bribery by the trio in T20 leagues held by the Bangladesh and Pakistan cricket boards.

The 29-year-old, who was suspended and sent home after the start of the Pakistan Super League in February last year, will be eligible to play cricket again in September 2019 after the expiry of his ban with half of it suspended.

The left-handed opener is said to be keen to get permission from the PCB for relaxation to resume playing club and domestic cricket before the official expiry of his ban.

“Yes Sharjeel has notified us that he accepts the reasons for the ban imposed on him and is ready to attend the rehabilitation programme under the Anti-Corruption Code and fulfil all requirements before his ban expires late next year,” a reliable source in the PCB said.

He said apparently Sharjeel had during his meeting with the PCB chairman, Ehsan Mani last month asked for pardon and also requested Mani to allow him relaxation to resume playing club and domestic cricket before the completion of his ban period.

“The PCB Chairman has the discretionary powers to allow any player banned under the anti-corruption code to resume playing club or domestic cricket before his ban expires,” the source said.

He said left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamir had been given relaxation under the same discretionary powers of the chairman and that is why he resumed playing club and domestic cricket before his five-year ban for spot-fixing officially ended in late 2015.

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