Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been axed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for his lack of cooperation with the board on the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal. The cricketer has been handed a one-year ban by the board on Monday.
The PCB’s anti-corruption tribunal held the batsman guilty of violating its code for “obstruction and non-cooperation” in the spot-fixing case.
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2.4.6 and 2.4.7 are the articles the batsman was charged with the tribunal, one of which is “obstruction and non-cooperation” which will keep the left-handed batsman away from cricket for a year. However, the anti-corruption unit will come up with the main charges on the batsman soon.
The board is confident of Nasir playing a major role in the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal early this year. UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested the cricketer in February which led to his suspension on the same day by the PCB for violating its code.
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“The duration of the ban isn’t enough. In my opinion, the facilitator is the biggest culprit when it comes to spot-fixing and should be punished more severely than the players,” said former cricketer and analyst Sikander Bakht while speaking to Geo News.
The PCB has already suspended Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif for their specific roles in the scandal. Latif will serve a full five-year ban while Sharjeel’s five-year ban was to cut in half in September. The board also banned fast bowlers, Mohammad Irfan, and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz for not reporting the matter to the board in time.
While Mohammad Irfan faced the axe for 12 months, Mohammad Nawaz has been suspended for two months.
Karachi Kings batsman Shahzaib Hasan is also under detailed investigation by the PCB alongside Nasir Jamshed, and a decision will be taken soon.
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