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Islamabad United coach Dean Jones testified at a spot-fixing tribunal hearing against opening batsman Sharjeel Khan on Wednesday.
Sharjeel has been accused by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of being involved in a spot-fixing scandal and failing to report being approached to fix games.
Both these charges relate to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) corruption scandal and should Sharjeel be found guilty, he faces a ban that ranges from five years to life.
The PCB believe that Sharjeel was paid by bookies to play two dot balls during Islamabad United’s match against Peshawar Zalmi, but according to Jones, the 27-year-old’s failure to score off two deliveries did not look suspicious at all.
“Jones has told the tribunal that Sharjeel played dot balls on merit and that he has no reservations about Sharjeel’s shot selection,” Sharjeel’s lawyer, Shaigan Aijaz, said.
Meanwhile, PCB lawyer Taffazul Rizvi pointed out that Jones did not know whether any of the franchise’s players had been approached by bookies.
“He said that he would be upset if he knows that his players were involved and that players are briefed about fixing through lectures,” Rizvi added.