PSL spot-fixing: Shahzaib Hasan handed one-year ban
In the latest development, the one-year ban has been imposed on Pakistan opening batsman Shahzaib Hasan on Wednesday (February 28). The decision came after his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal of the Twenty20 competition; Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Interestingly, Karachi-based batsman, Shahzaib became the fifth cricketer to be slapped with the ban. The tainted players were banned by the tribunal set by the PCB.
The 28-year-old batsman Hasan was also charged with the amount of PKR one million. The fine was attuned after an illegal involvement in the professional T20 competition.
The Anti-Corruption tribunal has given out the verdict after reserving it for January 31. The scandal surfaced during the second edition of PSL in Dubai.
Pertinently, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already tightened the noose over the fixing menace. However, it has already tarnished the image of the embattled country.
The fixing scandal surfaced in the United Arab Emirates when the curtain raiser. The opener was held between reigning champions Peshawar Zalmi and former PSL champions Islamabad United in February, 2017.
Shahzaib Hasan was playing for Karachi Kings in PSL:
It’s pertinent to mention, Hasan was representing PSL franchise Karachi Kings. The international business syndicate was trying to malign the lucrative competition.
Shahzaib was charged with three violations as per rules and regulations of the Board. He was subsequently suspended on March 17, 2017.
Shahzaib failed to report the approach to the PCB’s ACU well in time. Moreover, he was eventually found guilty of attracting the other players in the scam.
So much so, Shahzaib Hasan was also punished for not revealing the information to the concerned authorities regarding the bookmakers.
The PCB’s ACU had already grilled Shahzaib regarding the spot-fixing saga on multiple occasions.
Earlier, opening batsman Sharjeel Khan was banned alongside Khalid Latif. Both were playing for Misbah-Ul-Haq-led United in the first two editions of PSL which kicked-off in 2016.
On the other side, Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Irfan had already served their short-term bans respectively.
Another opening batsman Nasir Jamshed, who was in England when PSL kicked off in 2017, was also found as one of the culprits.
In December 2017, the left-handed batsman Jamshed was also banned for one-year.
So far, Shahzaib has featured in 10 T20 Internationals and three One-day Internationals for Pakistan.
The aggressive batsman in the form of Shahzaib scored 116 in T20Is and 100 in ODIs. He has a solitary fifty under his belt in the 50-over fold.
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