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Independent adjudicator upholds Jamshed's 10-year ban

Nasir Jamshed was given a 10-year ban by the PCB in 2018 Getty Images

An independent adjudicator, Justice (retired) Hamid Farooq, has upheld the 10-year ban that had been imposed on Nasir Jamshed two months ago. The adjudicator, however, "set aside" two sanctions against Jamshed because they fell outside the confines provided under the PCB's anti-corruption code. Jamshed was banned in August from playing any level of cricket after a three-man tribunal found him guilty of five of the seven breaches of the PCB's anti-corruption code.

Jamshed had filed an appeal against the anti-corruption tribunal's verdict and the independent adjudicator announced the order on Monday. According to the judge, a 10-year ban imposed on Jamshed was "perfectly justified" and will continue to remain in force. Jamshed was also handed a life ban earlier from being involved in the management or administration of cricket, but got a relief on Monday when the judge announced that that particular sanction would not hold after a 10-year period. The two sanctions set aside, because they fall outside Article 6.2 of the boards' anti-corruption code are: a) his inclusion in the list of players to be avoided by cricketers and all stakeholders, and b) not to be given an important role in the management or administration of cricket.

Jamshed had already served a year-long ban separately that only ended earlier this year after an anti-corruption tribunal found him guilty of non-cooperation in the 2017 PSL spot-fixing case. Later, the PCB charged him with seven violations of their anti-corruption code because he was, according to the board, the "linchpin" connecting several corruption cases. The whole case was built upon him being a central figure in the corruption scandal for approaching and soliciting other players for fixing.

In separate proceedings, the National Crime Agency (NCA) in England is also involved in investigations emanating from the allegations of the spot-fixing case. The NCA is yet to reach a conclusion in their investigations yet after initially arresting and subsequently releasing Jamshed on bail.

Out of the six players to be punished in the PSL spot-fixing case, Jamshed's punishment was the heaviest. The other five players - Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan - were all fined and banned on separate charges.