By Bipin Dani
MUMBAI: Sharjeel Khan, the Pakistani opener who has been suspended for five years (including a sentence of two-and-a-half years) are suspended for his alleged role in the spot-fixing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is to challenge the judgement. This was revealed by his lawyer Shaigan Ijaz.
Speaking exclusively from his Lahore office, minutes after the judgement was announced, the lawyer said, “I have discussed the verdict with Sharjeel Khan and it has been decided to challenge the same”.
“Will have 14 days to appeal after the receipt of the detailed order. The detailed order will be released on 7th September. To-day we only got the short order and one member of the tribunal, Wasim Bari, who was in Lahore for the hearings, will return to his home-town Karachi for Eid festivals and is expected to return only in the first week of September”.
Interestingly, both Sharjeel Khan and his lawyer, at the invitation of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) went personally to hear the judgement. “It was announced to us in the Board room of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), where no media persons were present. The tribunal chairman retired Justice Asghar Haider announced the verdict in the presence of other two members (retired Lt Gen Tauqir Zia and former wicket keeper and team manager Wasim Bari) and the PCB lawyer Taffazul Rizvi”, the lawyer said.
“No, my client (Sharjeel Khan) didn’t cry on hearing the judgement. But, yes, he was disappointed. He believes that the punishment for the offence which he has not committed is “too harsh”.
It was raining out side. The tea and coffee or biscuits, which usually are served, were not served on the day of judgement, it is learnt here.
“Had it been a shorter ban, say one year or 6 months, we would not have opted to challenge it because of Sharjeel’s non-disclosure of the approach by the bookie but the charges of fixing without the solid evidence is not accepted to us”, the lawyer added.
Immediately after the verdict was announced, Sharjeel Khan accompanied his lawyer to his office, where the strategy for the next course of line was discussed. Sharjeel Khan preffered to avoid questions from the media. Perhaps, may be at the instructions of the PCB.
The fate of the other players, who too have been suspended for the alleged fixing charges in the PSL (Pakistan Super League) matches will be decided and announced later.
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