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Nasir Jamshed Sent To Prison For Spot-Fixing In PSL

Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed was sentenced on February 7 (February) to 17 months in jail for his part in a spot-fixing scandal in which he conspired to bribe fellow cricketers. The veteran cricketer was arrested along with British nationals Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz as they admitted to their offence. While Jamshed was handed 17 months jail, Anwar and Ijaz were sent to jail for 40 and 30 months respectively. 

Incidentally, Jamshed had bribed his fellow cricketers to underperform in a Pakistan Super League (PSL) game between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in February 2018 in return for a share of GBP 30,000. He coerced Sharjeel Khan to play two customised dots off the first two balls of Islamabad's second over. The PCB subsequently banned Sharjeel for five years, as they did with Khalid Latif, another player who was working with Jamshed for a future fix.

Nasir Jamshed. Credit: ICC

"By far the most insidious consequence of these offences is the undermining of public confidence in the integrity of the sporting contest, not simply in the individual match directly affected but in the game of cricket generally," Judge Richard Mansell QC said during their sentencing at the Manchester Crown Court.

Nasir Jamshed has represented Pakistan in two Tests, 48 ODIs and 18 T20Is. Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-corruption unit had earlier suspended Jamshed for ten years from playing cricket in the country. 

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