PCB bans Jamshed for 10 years in PSL spot-fixing row

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Opener Nasir Jamshed has been banned for 10 years by the board's Anti Corruption Tribunal for his involvement in the spot-fixing row that rocked the PSL during the 2016-17 season, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Friday (August 17).

The tribunal noted that he was guilty in relation to five of the seven breaches of the board's anti corruption code. The tribunal also decided that alongside banning the cricketer from playing any form of cricket during the aforementioned period, a player who has violated the anti-corruption code, should also be disqualified from taking up any administrative positions with regard to Pakistan cricket for life.

The PCB had termed Jamshed as the key figure in the scandal as he recruited the players on behalf of bookies for spot-fixing. "Our point was proved and accepted by the tribunal, and they found him guilty on multiple charges," PCB's lawyer Taffazul Rizvi told the reporters outside the PCB headquarters in Lahore.

"Even if he returns after rehabilitation, he is not allowed to be engaged in any cricket management role and will be kept him away from cricket. We also suggested his name be added in a list of persons mentioned in anti-corruption lectures who are to be avoided by the players. So this all ends here.

"There are some cases which don't make you happy despite you winning it. This is one such. Because a player has destroyed his career due to spot-fixing and failure to report approaches," he added.

Jamshed is currently on bail in the UK after he was arrested by the National Crime Agency last year in February for corruption in the PSL's second season. He will have to go through extensive rehabilitation after his ban concludes.

Earlier in December 2017, Jamshed was suspended for one year by the board after an anti corruption tribunal noted he was guilty of "non-cooperation" in relation to the spot-fixing case. The ban meant that Jamshed couldn't play cricket till February 13, 2018 - exactly one year on from the time when he was initially suspended.

After his ban ended, the board had slapped him with seven violations of their anti-corruption code. Jamshed had replied by rejecting the charges against him in April. As a result, the PCB drafted a statement, noting that the chairman Najam Sethi had taken up the matter for resolution to a three-member anti-corruption tribunal, which contained Justice (Retd.) Fazl-e-Miran Chauhan, Shahzaib Masood, senior advocate in the Supreme Court and former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed.

The opener played 48 ODIs, 18 T20Is and two Tests for the country. He found some success in the 50-over format, compiling 1418 runs at an average of 31.51.

Over a period of time, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammad Nawaz have also been handed out bans of varying lengths.

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