Image courtesy of: Zimbio
Opening batsman Sharjeel Khan has revealed that he will “soon return to club cricket” and will then look to play domestic cricket.
Sharjeel was banned for five years for his involvement in a corruption scandal in the 2017 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
However, with two-and-a-half years of the five being suspended, Sharjeel is eligible to start playing cricket again.
But, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed that he will need to complete his rehabilitation, which should be done by the end of the year, and he will then be allowed to “reintegrate into top level cricket”.
“The rehabilitation, among other things, will also include attending and delivering lectures on the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, visits to orphanage homes as part of social service and participating in integration sessions with the Pakistan cricket team players and player support personnel,” the PCB’s statement said.
Sharjeel offered an “unconditional apology” to everyone and reiterated that he will start playing club cricket first to regain his form and fitness before he sets his sights on moving up to domestic 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,” he said.
“I remind all cricketers to strictly and religiously follow the PCB Anti-Corruption Code as breaching it will only earn momentary gains but the consequences will be severe and last for rest of the career.
“I have agreed on the future course of action with the PCB, including helping it in its education sessions on anti-corruption.
“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.”
The PCB’s Security and Anti-Corruption director Lt Col (R) Asif Mahmood added: “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.
“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.”