LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rejected claims by suspended cricketer Sharjeel Khan saying it had proven all charges against the opening batsman before a tribunal and an appeal adjudicator.
“We want to put the record straight and to correct certain misrepresentations by Mr. Sharjeel Khan at a press conference held yesterday, Tuesday,” said a spokesman of the PCB.
He said Sharjeel Khan claims that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) amended its Anti-Corruption Code(the “PCB Code”) with the aim of preventing players from filing appeals before Pakistani courts. This is completely wrong.
The true state of affairs is that under both versions of the PCB Code (old and new) an appeal against the order of the Anti-Corruption Tribunal lies with the Independent Adjudicator. Article 7.5.4 provides that the decision of the independent adjudicator on the appeal shall be final and binding on all parties.
The amendment made by PCB in fact provides parties with an additional opportunity to appeal i.e. before Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
“To dispel the misinformation reference can also be made to Article 11.5 of the PCB Code, the relevant portions of which states that courts of Pakistan shall have exclusive jurisdiction to issue relief,” the statement adds.
It may also be clarified that the amendment will affect future cases and does not apply to Sharjeel Khan.
The statement concludes with affirmation that the PCB remains resilient in its efforts to eliminate the menace of corruption from the game of cricket.