Nasir Jamshed pleads guilty in bribery case

Ruben Hill
December 10, 2019

Two other men, Yousef Anwar, 36, and Mohammed Ijaz, 34, admitted last week to offering financial advantages to PSL players with the intention of inducing them to perform improperly by failing to play competitively in good faith.

According to an AFP report, the prosecutor at the hearing said that a policeman had gone undercover, pretending to be a member of a betting syndicate.

That led to the uncovering of an attempted fix in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in 2016 and an actual fix in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2017, with opening batsmen agreeing to not score runs from the first two balls.

Jamshed, acting as the go-between for the PSL game, persuaded Sharjeel Khan to play out two dot-balls to order from the first two balls of Islamabad's second over.

"Three men have been charged with bribery offences as part of an NCA investigation into cricket match spot-fixing in tournaments organised by national cricket boards from Pakistan and Bangladesh", the British agency said a year ago.

At a further meeting at the same hotel, Anwar told the officer the names of his players including Jamshed and fellow opening batsman Sharjeel Khan, who both played for the Rangpur Riders.

Jamshed, 33, was given a ten-year ban by the PCB in August 2018, and is standing trial at Manchester Crown Court, following his arrest in February 2017 alongside two United Kingdom nationals, Yousef Anwar, 36, and Mohammed Ijaz, 34. And a second attempt against Barisal Bulls was cancelled after he was dropped for what was the final match of the season.

Messages were sent between Anwar and Jamshed immediately before and after the fix took place, which included discussions about payment, the court heard.

He completed his sentenced earlier this year, accepted his mistake, and offered an apology to the PCB, which had chalked out a rehabilitation plan to reintegrate Sharjeel in competitive cricket. He was also banned for five years by the PCB.

All three will be sentenced on a date to be fixed in February.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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