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Sharjeel Khan Delighted With Pakistan Welcome After Return From Ban

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By AFP News
March 23, 2021 • 15:46 PM View: 735

Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan said Tuesday he was delighted with the welcome he had been given since being recalled to the national squad after completing a lengthy ban for spot-fixing.

The 31-year-old was banned in 2017 for five years -- with half the sentence suspended -- for his part in rigging Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in the United Arab Emirates.

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Although illegal in Pakistan, gambling on cricket is widespread with punters betting on specific outcomes during the game -- such as the number of no-balls or wides bowled in a particular over. This gives individual players the opportunity to "spot-fix" -- influencing the lucrative betting market without, supposedly, affecting the overall outcome of the match.

Sharjeel was named earlier this month in the squad to play a series of Twenty20 internationals in South Africa and Zimbabwe next month.


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