PCB agrees to give roadmap to Sharjeel Khan for his re-entry into cricket
Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistani opener Sharjeel Khan have agreed upon a roadmap for his return to competitive cricket ater being banned over his part in the spot-fixing scandal in Pakistan Super League. Sharjeel Khan on Monday offered an “unconditional apology” and asked for “forgiveness” over his part in the spot-fixing scandal from PSL 2017.
Opening batsman was suspended for five years with half of that sentence suspended. The remaining sentence could only be suspended if Khan accepted his guilt and showed remorse.
“I offer my unconditional apology to the Pakistan Cricket Board, my team-mates, fans and family for the irresponsible conduct that brought embarrassment to everyone. I request for forgiveness and assure I will show more responsibility in my future actions. Sharjeel Khan said in a statement.
Left hander further added: “I remind all cricketers to strictly and religiously follow the PCB Anti-Corruption Code as breaching it will only earn momentary gains but the consequences will be severe and last for rest of the career. I have agreed on the future course of action with the PCB, including helping it in its education sessions on anti-corruption. I will soon return to club cricket but will not rush into domestic cricket as I have been away for nearly 30 months and need time to reclaim my fitness and form.”
The cricketer’s apology came after he met the board today (Monday), and agreed with him on the roadmap for his re-entry into cricket.
Lt Col (R) Asif Mahmood, Director of PCB Security and Anti-Corruption, said: “We met Sharjeel today in which he showed remorse and regret for his actions. The PCB never takes pride in penalising its players, but it has a non-negotiable and zero-tolerance approach to matters relating to corruption. I hope this serves as a reminder to all those who think they can get away with violating rules as the PCB is vigilant and committed to eliminate the menace of corruption from the game.”