Sharjeel Khan
Sharjeel Khan (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Disgraced former Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan has taken the first big step towards making a comeback to cricket. Sharjeel Khan, on Monday, issued an unconditional apology to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for indulging in the spot-fixing in 2017. In the wake of the scandal, the PCB had slapped a five-year ban on the batsman.

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The Pakistan opener was found guilty on five accounts by the anti-corruption unit. Sharjeel is now all set to make a comeback to cricket but needs to satisfy several pre-requisitesset by the PCB. He has been direct to undergo a rehabilitation programme.

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This includes visits to orphanage homes as part of social service, attending and giving lectures on the PCB Anti-Corruption Code and linking up with the players of the Pakistan cricket team and support personnel, as part of the re-integration process. Sharjeel’s re-integration process is likely to be completed by the end of this year. He will be then eligible for selection at the top-level cricket.

Sharjeel Khan
Sharjeel Khan (Credits – Getty)

“I offer my unconditional apology to the PCB, my teammates, fans and family for the irresponsible conduct that brought embarrassment to everyone,” Sharjeel was quoted as saying in a PCB press release.

“I request for forgiveness and assure I will show more responsibility in my future actions,” he added.

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The PCB said he has been given a roadmap to revive his career.

“Sharjeel has completed his two and a half years of ineligibility and will now complete rehabilitation before the end of the year and then reintegrate into top level cricket,” the statement said.

Before the ban, Sharjeel had represented Pakistan across formats. A highly-rated opener, he had played  one Test, 25 one-day internationals and 15 T20 matches.

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