Nasir Jamshed on the verge of receiving ban on PSL spot-fixing charges

Nasir Jamshed on the verge of receiving ban on PSL spot-fixing charges

Nasir last played for Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup with his selection causing a lot of controversies

Nasir Jamshed of Pakista
Nasir Jamshed of Pakistan. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

Tainted Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed, in all probability will face a ban for his alleged involvement in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal if he doesn’t respond to the charge sheet filed against him by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on May 18. The PCB filed a charge sheet against Nasir, last week, with the anti-corruption tribunal containing six allegations against the opener, who resides in the United Kingdom now.

The 28-year-old has until May 18 to file a reply. Should there be no reply from him, the tribunal has the authority to announce its verdict in the case in 40 days, PCB lawyer, Tafazzul Rizvi has revealed. The newly constituted tribunal, headed by Justice (retd) Fazal Mian Chohan, held a hearing last week in which the PCB filed its charge sheet against Nasir.

Interestingly, during the trial, instead of his senior lawyer, two junior lawyers turned up to represent Nasir. However, they were not allowed to proceed by the judge after they failed to produce the power of attorney. Former Test pacer Aaqib Javed and advocate Shahzaib Masood are the other members of the tribunal.

“I don’t know if Nasir will come down to Lahore to attend the hearing or his lawyers will represent him. However, if he fails to send in his reply, the tribunal can reach a verdict in absentia in 40 days,” Rizvi clarified.

Nasir influenced other cricketers as well

The PCB in its charge sheet has alleged that Nasir persuaded four cricketers through an agent, Mohammad Yousuf, to become part of a spot-fixing scandal in the second PSL, in February 2017. He is also charged with obstructing and not cooperating with the tribunal inquiry, and also failing to inform the authorities about being approached by bookmakers to fix matches.

Nasir Jamshed however, has termed the charges against him as flimsy and ridiculous, but he is also under investigation by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) after the PSL and the agency has withheld his passport till the investigation continues.

Nasir last played for Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup with his selection causing a lot of controversies, while his last appearance in a domestic match in Pakistan was in December 2016.

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