Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Ashraful © Getty Images
Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Ashraful © Getty Images

The infamous PSL spot-fixing case shook Pakistan cricket earlier this year. Cricketers involved in the incident were Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammad Nawaz. In March, PCB banned Irfan for a year from all forms of cricket after he pleaded guilty to the charges. In August, Sharjeel was banned for five years. In the following month, Latif was banned as well, for five years. However, the sentences are yet to be announced for Nawaz and Hasan. Sharjeel’s next hearing will take place on Thursday at Lahore.

The Ashraful incident: Back in 2013, Bangladesh’s  Mohammad Ashraful was banned for eight years for his involvement in spot-fixing during BPL. Justice Khademul Islam’s verdict read: “He will not be able to take part in any authorised cricketing activities anywhere in the world. In his sentence, five years is [a] minimum and after completion of five years, he will have suspended sentence of three years which will be absolved if he takes part in any authorised anti-corruption education or rehabilitation programme under ICC, BCB or ACC during the eight years.” The ban was later reduced to five years.

Sharjeel’s appeal: Sharjeel’s lawyer Shaigan Ijaz has sent a letter to BCB, asking for the clause under what basis Ashraful’s ban was reduced. A Dhaka official commented: “The circumstances in the case of Ashraful may be different but we have asked for more details. If Ashraful’s details are not shared by the BCB, [we] will request his London-based lawyer [Yasin Patel].”