LAHORE: Disgraced former Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan took the first step towards resurrecting his career Monday by apologising for indulging in the spot-fixing in 2017 that earned him a five-year ban. The 30-year-old met with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) anti-corruption officials who directed him to undergo a rehabilitation programme, putting him on track to return to the sport.
I offer my unconditional apology to the PCB, my teammates, fans and family for the irresponsible conduct that brought embarrassment to everyone, Sharjeel was quoted as saying in a PCB press release. I request for forgiveness and assure I will show more responsibility in my future actions, he said.
The left-hander was a rising star and playing in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai when he was charged with deliberately not scoring on two balls at a certain time of the match in return for money from bookies.
According to a PCB statement, Sharjeel Khan will complete rehabilitation designed by the board’s Security and Anti-Corruption Department, before the end of the year and then be reintegrated into top-level cricket.
Part of the rehabilitation will include Sharjeel Khan attending and delivering lectures on the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, visits to orphanages as part of social service and participating in integration sessions with the Pakistan cricket team players and player support personnel.
Sharjeel Khan has undergone an ineligibility period of two-and-a-half-years for breaching provisions of the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Conduct.
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 the 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, said Sharjeel Khan. Sharjeel Khan added that he would be returning to club cricket soon but would not rush into domestic cricket as he had been away from the game for nearly 30 months and required time to reclaim fitness and form.