Nasir Jamshed has been slapped with a one-year ban for his role in the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal. The ban was imposed for non-cooperation with the board in the ongoing investigation into the spot-fixing scandal that hit the second edition of the PSL, the PCB announced on Monday (December 11), while also stating that more charges will be brought up in the future.
Jamshed was charged with breaching article 2.4.6 and article 2.4.7 of the Anti-Corruption code, which includes “obstruction and non-cooperation” during the inquiry. In February, the 27-year-old, who has played 40 ODIs for Pakistan, was arrested in the UK and later released on bail soon after the corruption scandal of the T20 tournament broke out. Jamshed, who was not part of the PSL, was subsequently provisionally suspended by PCB over alleged breaches of the board’s anti-corruption code.
However, the PCB hasn’t laid charges of spot-fixing on the cricketer, who resides in the UK. “Let me clarify that the charge levelled upon Nasir Jamshed by the PCB so far was simply one of a failure to cooperate. The PCB has not yet charged Jamshed with spot-fixing. Today, that charge was proved, and the tribunal banned him for one year,” said Taffazul Rizvi, PCB’s legal advisor.
Jamshed, who cannot take part in any form of cricket, will see the ban lifted on February 13, 2018 – one year from when he was originally suspended by the PCB. However, the board could lay further charges on him on basis of the investigation in the UK by the National Crime Agency. There hasn’t been any communication yet from the NCA on this matter. The last time NCA released a statement in relation to this case was on June 21 this year, stating that “The three subjects arrested by the NCA as part of its investigation into the spot-fixing of cricket matches met with officers on June 21 and were re-bailed until October 2017.”
Jamshed is accused of having ties with a man named Yousuf Anwar, who is said to be a bookie. When he was arrested in UK in February, along with two other persons, one of them is said to have been Anwar, who through Jamshed, made contact with the cricketers and influenced them to fix matches. Jamshed’s lawyer Hasan Warraich, who had recently appeared before the tribunal investigating the spot-fixing scandal, had stated that the PCB couldn’t prove Jamshed’s involvement in the corruption and that PCB hadn’t mentioned in its documents that Anwar was a bookie.
Rizvi, meanwhile, argued that: “A narrative is being built that the PCB hasn’t presented any proof against Jamshed. This case was simply a case about Jamshed’s failure to cooperate. No proof has been made public yet so that he doesn’t try to cover his tracks. If he is innocent, then shouldn’t he or his client have explained why his passport has been confiscated by the National Crime Agency in London? Why is he on bail over there?”
Jamshed was one of several players who came under the scanner of the anti-corruption unit following the spot-fixing scandal and was subsequently handed a punishment by the PCB. Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were handed five-year bans for their involvement while Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz were banned for one year for their failure to report corrupt approach.