Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, two players from Islamabad United, were found guilty of spot-fixing. © Getty Images

Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, two players from Islamabad United, were found guilty of spot-fixing. © Getty Images

Sharjeel Khan was banned for five years by a Pakistan anti-corruption tribunal for his part in the spot-fixing case that made headlines during the 2017 edition of the Pakistan Super League in February. Two and a half years of the sentence are suspended.

The charges centred on a match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai. Off four balls, Sharjeel scored a single, failed to score off two deliveries and was then out. Latif, who did not play in the game, was alleged to have orchestrated the deal. Both were also charged for not reporting the matter to the PCB’s anti-corruption unit.

“We investigated all the charges and found them correct,” said Asghat Haider, who headed the three-member tribunal. The other members of the tribunal were Tauqir Zia and Wasim Bari.

Under the PCB code, players can appeal rulings before an independent arbitrator within 14 days of the decision.

The ruling on Latif is expected within a month, while for Nasir Jamshed, another high-profile accused, his case is still under investigation.

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