Pakistan’s World T20 winning player Shahzaib Hasan saw his ban increased from one year to four years after an independent adjudicator increased the ban after an appeal from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday.
PCB banned the 28-year-old in February this year. The country’s cricket board anti-corruption unit found Shahzaib guilty of not disclosing the fixing offer. The board also fined him one million INR.
Earlier, PCB had appealed to increase the length of the ban, saying it was easy-going.
“The independent adjudicator Justice (retired) Hamid Hussain has accepted (the) PCB’s appeal and lifted the ban to four years while upholding the fine,” the board’s legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi told media.
Note: Spot-fixing is an illegal activity that affects a specific part of a match.
Shahzaib is among six players sanctioned in the spot-fixing case, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Nawaz, and Nasir Jamshed are among others who were sanctioned and currently banned for their role in the spot-fixing case during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) that was played last year.
On the other hand, Jamshed faces a life ban with other breaches. The decision is likely to be announced next week.
Hasan’s lawyer Kashif Rajwana said his client is likely to challenge the decision in court. Hasan who currently lives in the UK has represented Pakistan in 3 ODIs and 10 T20Is including 2009 World T20.