Report: Sharjeel Khan Played Out Two Dot Balls For Bookies

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According to a report in Pakistan, Islamabad United batsman Sharjeel Khan played out two dot balls in a Pakistan Super League (PSL) game in exchange for cash.

Samaa TV, the Pakistani television network, claims that a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) source confirmed that all five players implicated in the latest spot-fixing scandal initially denied any involvement.

However, all five players – Sharjeel, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed – have now supposedly confessed their wrongdoing.

Samaa TV’s PCB source claimed that “Sharjeel has confessed that he played two dot balls that he had sold to bookies.”

The alleged dot balls came in the second over of the Islamabad United innings in this season’s opening PSL fixture.

Sharjeel prodded defensively at the first two balls of the over from seamer Hasan Ali. Islamabad went on to win the game by seven wickets.

He added that Shahzaib was guilty of attempting to involve other players in the fixing scandal, and that his contact with bookies had been confirmed. The 27-year-old batsman has been charged on three counts and suspended from participating in all forms of cricket.

The PCB source said that Latif and Irfan’s contacts with bookies have also been confirmed by the investigators.

Jamshed, the left-handed opening batsman, was arrested in February, but later released on bail. He remains provisionally suspended.

Sharjeel, Shahzaib, Latif and Irfan were all provisionally suspended as part of the enquiry within the last month.

The PSL chairman Najan Sethi said on his Geo TV talk show last month: “we had a lot of evidence on which we based our decision. We know what we are doing. We have all evidence. We had this for a while, we had information – we cannot talk about stuff right now but a charge sheet will be given to players soon.”

Sharjeel, 27, was due to play in this year’s T20 Blast for Leicestershire, but has now been replaced by New Zealand wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi.

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