Sharjeel Khan was banned for breaching five clauses of PCB's anti-corruption code. © Getty Images

Sharjeel Khan was banned for breaching five clauses of PCB’s anti-corruption code. © Getty Images

The Pakistan Cricket Board appointed an independent adjudicator on Sunday (October 1) to Sharjeel Khan’s appeal against a five-year ban on spot-fixing.

Sharjeel was banned for breaching five clauses of PCB’s anti-corruption code, the primary one being attempting to fix and receiving offers without reporting it to the anti-corruption unit.

A three-member tribunal, headed by retired Justice Asghar Haider, conducted the investigation. Half of Sharjeel’s sentence is suspended.

PCB said retired Justice Mohammad Faqir Khokar will be the adjudicator and will decide a date for the proceedings.

PCB had also appealed against the lenient sanctions as under the code the minimum possible punishment for Sharjeel’s offences is five years.

The PCB tribunal in its detailed decision had said that the mitigating circumstances, including Sharjeel’s previous clean record and attitude during the proceedings, was taken into account before making the decision.

Independent analysts believe Sharjeel has blundered by appealing against the verdict as there are fears that his sentence could be enhanced.

The spot-fixing case rocked the Pakistan Super League earlier this year. Sharjeel was accused of meeting an alleged bookie and striking a deal through Khalid Latif, his fellow Islamabad United opener, for playing two dot balls in return for money.

Khalid is also banned for five years and fined one million rupees in the case while the cases against Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hasan are still under investigation.