Pakistan's Tainted Sharjeel Khan Cleared To Be Part Of PSL Draft
Pakistan's tainted opening batsman Sharjeel Khan is set to be part of the players' draft for the fifth edition of PSL. Sharjeel, who completed a five-year ban for breaching the Pakistan Cricket Board's Anti-Corruption code in August, has been given clearance by the board to resume playing club cricket. "Sharjeel recently appeared in a written test conducted by the PCB's Anti-Corruption unit and passed it successfully. He has now been told to travel to Bahawalpur, Sheikhupura, and Karachi where he will give lectures to members of the junior teams taking part in the domestic youth events. "In all probability, Sharjeel should be cleared to also feature in the players draft for the PSL," one source in the board said.
Sharjeel given green light for PSL comeback
The official said since he completed his ban, Sharjeel has ticked all the boxes required under the anti-corruption rehabilitation laws to be eligible to play cricket again. The left-hander, 29, had played a Test, 25 ODIs and 15 T20 internationals before he was banned from all forms of cricket for five years on August 30, 2017, for his role in the spot-fixing scandal that marred the Pakistan Super League (PSL)'s second edition earlier. The PCB's Anti-Corruption Tribunal, after finding him guilty of breaching five clauses of the board's anti-corruption code, said half of his ban would remain suspended.
Sharjeel was banned since February 2017
Sharjeel, playing for the Islamabad United franchise, was found guilty by the PCB's Anti-Corruption Tribunal along with other Pakistani players like Khalid Latif (who is still serving ban), Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Nawaz, Nasir Jamshed (still serving ban) and Shahzaib Hasan (still under a ban). He and Khalid Latif were suspended and sent back home from Dubai at the start of the PSL in February 2017.
Pakistan to host Test series against Sri Lanka
The cricketing action between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is reportedly set to continue with a two-match Test series in December. Initially, the series was planned to be played in UAE citing security concerns. However, after the successful limited-overs series in the country earlier this month, the PCB has sent a revised itinerary to the Sri Lankan board. According to reports, there are talks going on between the two boards and there are chances that Sri Lanka will once again visit Pakistan for a short series.