KARACHI: The ban of five years imposed on cricketer Sharjeel Khan by an anti-corruption tribunal of the Pakistan Cricket Board for spot-fixing in PSL has been challenged by both the parties, the PCB and the player Sharjeel Khan.
The anti-corruption tribunal had imposed a ban of five years on Sharjeel Khan, finding him guilty of all five charges, with half of the sentence remained suspended.
On Thursday, the first appeal against the verdict was filed by Shaighan Aijaz, the counsel of cricketer Sharjeel Khan.
According to Shaighan, an appeal was filed against all accounts of anti-corruption tribunal’s verdict.
“Today, we have filed our appeal against the verdict of the anti-corruption tribunal at PCB office which will forward it for appointment of an independent adjudicator,” Aijaz told media.
“We have challenged the verdict on all five accounts as we believe that the decision was based on speculations and our arguments and cross-examinations were not properly considered,” he added while expressing his serious differences with tribunal’s reasoning for verdict.
Later in the evening, the PCB also confirmed that it has appealed against the decision.
“PCB has appealed the sentence imposed on Sharjeel by the tribunal and is seeking a stiffer sentence,” PCB’s Chairman Najam Sethi informed this correspondent.
The PCB will now appoint an independent adjudicator to hear both the appeals. The adjudicator will be a former judge of the high court and will hear both the appeals simultaneously.