PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed pleaded guilty to bribery on Monday in Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal after denying the allegations for over 2 years. After denying his involvement in the bribery conspiracy for more than 2 years, Jamshed admitted having been part of the spot-fixing scandal. He changed his plea during a court hearing in Manchester, England according to the AFP. 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. Prosecutors told the court an undercover police officer had unearthed evidence by pretending to be a member of a corrupt betting syndicate. The policeman's efforts then led to the discovery of an attempted fix in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) late in 2016 and an actual fix in the PSL in February 2017. Nasir Jamshed was banned for 10 years over his involvement in spot-fixing in 2018. This came on top of the 1-year ban for his failure to co-operate with an investigation into the issue.
Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said later on Monday Anwar and Ijaz had developed a system by which they would charge 30,000 per fix with half of the sum going to the player. Jamshed, who was arrested along with Anwar and Ijaz, was seen as the 'linchpin' in the spot-fixing scandal by the PCB and slapped with a ten-year ban. Appearing in court in Britain in January 2019, Jamshed had denied any wrongdoing, before changing his plea to being guilty, of conspiring to bribe fellow cricketers during the PSL, in a hearing in Manchester on Monday. 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. He discovered an attempted fix in the Bangladesh Premier League in 2016 and a fix in PSL 2017. Ian McConnell, the NCA's Senior Investigating Officer, said: "These men abused their privileged access to professional, international cricket to corrupt games, eroding public confidence for their own financial gain.
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