PSL spot-fixing scandal: Pakistan cricketer Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years

Anti-corruption tribunal of Pakistan banned former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed for 10 years for his role in the spot-fixing scandal during Pakistan Super League in 2017. Earlier, in February 2017, Jamshed was suspended from all forms of cricket for violating Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption code and handed a one-year ban in December for failing to co-operate with the ACU’s investigation.

Jamshed, 28, is the sixth player to be banned following the scandal that tainted the Twenty20 tournament in only its second year, and was described by cricket authorities as its lynchpin.

The tribunal’s verdict concluded the PCB’s multiple charges against Nasir Jamshed have been proved and thus he was banned for 10 years. “He will not be allowed to be involved with cricket or cricket administration even after his period of ban is over,” PCB’s legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi told reporters. This year, he faced five further charges related to fixing, all of which were proven said Rizvi, who said it was “a matter of sadness that another player has spoiled his career.”

Nasir Jamshed, who played 48 ODIs and 2 Test for Pakistan, did not take part in the first two editions of the PSL but his name cropped up in the spot-fixing scandal that engulfed the T20 tournament last year. Batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were also handed five-year bans for their role in the spot-fixing scandals during PSL in 2017, while bowler Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz were banned for 1 year and 2 months respectively.

Regarded as a talented left-hander, Jamshed played two Tests, 48 one-day and 18 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan. He hit three consecutive one-day hundreds against India in 2012. His career nosedived during the 2015 World Cup where he was found overweight and mocked at during fielding, managing just five runs in three matches. Jamshed and his lawyer Hasan Warraich had rejected the charges.

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