Sharjeel Khan apologizes for embarrassment caused by his ‘irresponsible conduct’

Sharjeel Khan apologizes for embarrassment caused by his ‘irresponsible conduct’

He doesn't want to rush his way into domestic cricket.

Sharjeel Khan
Sharjeel Khan. (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Sharjeel Khan, the tainted Pakistan cricketer, was found guilty of spot-fixing in the 2017 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He played for the Islamabad United where he was alleged for receiving two million Pakistani rupees in order to play a couple of dot balls. The very match against the Peshawar Zalmi turned out to be a cursed one as he is yet to play a competitive match ever since.

In August that year, he was slapped with a five-year suspension, but that was later pruned down to 30 months by the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal. The southpaw underwent rehabilitation where he delivered lectures on the PCB Anti-Corruption Code and visited the orphanage homes in the country.

Lately, it was known that Sharjeel had to apologize for his wrongdoing in order to make his comeback. The PCB met the left-hander and agreed with him on the road-map of his return to competitive cricket. Sharjeel also tendered an apology for his letting his close ones down.

I will soon return to club cricket

“I offer my unconditional apology to the Pakistan Cricket Board, my team-mates, fans and family for the irresponsible conduct that brought embarrassment to everyone. I request for forgiveness and assure I will show more responsibility in my future actions,” Khan was quoted as saying in a press release as per PCB’s official website.

Recently, it was learned that Sharjeel would make a comeback in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy. However, Khan also said that he won’t rush his return into domestic cricket since he has been out of cricket for a long period. “I will soon return to club cricket but will not rush into domestic cricket as I have been away for nearly 30 months and need time to reclaim my fitness and form,” he added.

PCB is vigilant and committed

“We met Sharjeel today in which he showed remorse and regret for his actions. The PCB never takes pride in penalising its players, but it has a non-negotiable and zero-tolerance approach to matters relating to corruption,” Asif Mahmood, Director – PCB Security and Anti-Corruption, said.

“I hope this serves as a reminder to all those who think they can get away with violating rules as the PCB is vigilant and committed to eliminate the menace of corruption from the game,” he added.

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