Former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed’s hopes of securing an immediate release from prison have been dashed. The tainted batsman’s sentence for his part in a spot-fixing conspiracy is due to expire on October 21 but he has now been informed he will remain in prison on the order of the Home Office.
The former cricketer is also facing the prospect of deportation from UK. He had got the permission to stay in the UK on the basis of a spousal visa since his wife is a Birmingham-born doctor. UK’s immigration authorities have taken note of the length of Nasir Jamshed’s sentence.
Under UK Law, any non-citizen given a prison sentence of more than 12 months can be deported. On the other hand, Nasir Jamshed was sentenced to 17-month jail in February this year.
His lawyer is likely to apply for bail imminently but he is certain to spend a little longer in prison even if it is granted. It is also possible he could be deported back to Pakistan, according to ESPNcricinfo. The entire process has been delayed further by complications regarding Covid-19 which have caused a backlog in interviewing claimants and court dates.
Jamshed was sent to prison in February after changing his plea, mid-trial, to guilty to a conspiracy to bribe fellow cricketers in the PSL. Before that in 2018, he was slapped with a ten-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).