By Muhammad Asif Khan
Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Sharjeel Khan, on Thursday, filed their respective appeals against the verdict announced by the three-member spot fixing tribunal.
Both the parties submitted their appeals with the Board of Governors of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Talking to this correspondent, Sharjeel Khan’s lawyer, Shaigan Ijaz confirmed that the appeal was filed, under article 37 of the PCB constitution.
“Yes, we have filed an appeal, addressing the Board of Governors. It will later be heard by an independent adjudicator on PCB’s panel”, Shaigan Ijaz said.
“The Board has 14 days to appoint the panel which will consist of one adjudicator”, Sharjeel Khan’s lawyer added.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Cricket Board also filed the appeal to seek a tougher punishment for Sharjeel Khan.
Talking to this correspondent, legal adviser to the PCB, Tafazzul Rizvi claimed that under the anti corruption code, the tribunal could not suspend the minimum possible sentence for an offence.
“There is no provision in the anti corruption code to suspend part of the minimum possible sentence for a particular offence. We have quoted the judgment in Muhammad Amir’s case where the QC announced minimum possible sentence (five years) without suspension”, Tafazzul Rizvi said.
“We believe Sharjeel Khan should be banned for life along with hefty fine and we have appealed for the same”, the PCB legal adviser said.
As per rules the adjudicator should decide case within 30 days from the day of its first hearing.
Earlier the three-member inquiry tribunal of the PCB, suspended Sharjeel Khan for five years for his involvement in the PSL spot fixing episode.
Half of his sentence is suspended which means Sharjeel Khan will be eligible to play after two and a half years if he adheres to the rehabilitation programme, prescribed in the anti-corruption code.