Sharjeel Khan gets a big blow

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ISLAMABAD - Sharjeel Khan got a blow against a five-year ban over spot-fixing was rejected this week with his lawyer Thursday vowing to challenge the decision in a higher court.

Sharjeel, 28, was banned for five years, two-and-a-half of them suspended, in August following an investigation by a three-member Pakistan  Cricket Board (PCB) tribunal.

The scandal surfaced during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League in February this year. The league was held in the United Arab Emirates with the final staged in Lahore.

One-man adjudicator Justice Faqir Khokhar upheld the ban late Wednesday and also rejected the PCB's appeal to increase the punishment, which can range from five years to a life ban according to the anti-corruption code.

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