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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. © AFP

A one-man adjudicator rejected Sharjeel Khan’s appeal against a spot-fixing ban, upholding the ban imposed on the former opener, a Pakistan Cricket Board lawyer said Wednesday (November 8).

Sharjeel was banned for five years – with a suspension of two and a half years – in a spot fixing case in August by a three-man tribunal set up by PCB to investigate the case which rocked the Pakistan Super League’s second edition in February this year.

Sharjeel was charged on five counts of violating the code of conduct after agreeing to play two dot balls in the opening match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi. The deal was orchestrated by Khalid Latif, his fellow opener who was also banned for five years and fined Rs. 1 million.

“The one man adjudicator Justice (Retired) Faqir Khokhar turned down Sharjeel’s appeal as well as our appeal against the enhancement of punishment,” said Taffazul Rizvi, the PCB lawyer.

PCB had argued that the sentence was less than what the code illustrated: five years to a life ban.

Two other players – Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed – are still under investigation in the case.

Mohammad Irfan, the left-arm pacer, was banned for one year (with six months suspended) while Mohammad Nawaz was banned for two months (with one suspended). Both players have completed their bans.