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Sharjeel Khan all set to undergo PCB rehabilitation

Sharjeel was suspended back in 2017.

Sharjeel Khan
Sharjeel Khan. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

The 2017 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) turned out to be a cursed one of left-handed top-order batsman Sharjeel Khan as he was found guilty in a spot-fixing scandal following which he was suspended by a three-member anti-corruption tribunal of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for five years. He represented Islamabad United in his last competitive match.

Sharjeel’s last international appearance was in an ODI against Australia at Adelaide Oval in January 2017. In the meantime, Sharjeel has decided to undergo rehabilitation in a bid to resume his cricketing career. Provided Sharjeel goes through the process and cooperates with the country’s cricket board, then he could make himself eligible to don the national colours by September 2019.

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Sharjeel to take the hard route

Moreover, it has been learned that the 29-year-old doesn’t wish to challenge his suspension and rather take the hard route in order to make a comeback. The Sind-born batter wants to resume playing domestic cricket at the earliest. A source close to the developments had a meeting with PCB chairman Ehsan Mani a few weeks back in which Sharjeel requested his case to be reviewed.

“Sharjeel has no intentions to challenge his suspension and is willing to enter the PCB rehabilitation programme. The left-hander has formally assured the PCB of his cooperation in this regard. He (Sharjeel) wants an early return to domestic cricket, prior to the culmination of the 30-month ban, like Mohammad Amir”, the source was quoted as saying in Dawn.

According to the PCB anti-corruption code clause 6.8, the chairman or any other authority, authorised by the PCB, has the discretion to permit a banned player to participate in domestic matches in the country at any time before the end of the period of ineligibility after taking into consideration the procedures mentioned in the code.

Sharjeel, after making his debut in 2013, has played one Test, 25 ODIs and 15 T20Is in which he has racked up 44, 812 and 360 runs respectively. He also has an ODI century against Ireland at Malahide cricket Ground in Dublin back in August 2016.

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