A notable name from Pakistan Cricket, Sharjeel Khan, was banned in PSL 2017 as he and his mate, Khalid Latif, were found guilty of indulging in a spot-fixing scandal.
Sharjeel was banned from all forms of cricket for five years. Before the duration passed, a petition was filed to remove his name from the pleaded guilty cricketer list.
Sharjeel later participated in PSL 2020 after his ban was lifted in August 2019. He continued to blast with his blister batting form. Many used to criticize him as a fixer, but he denied the claims for two years.
When he wanted to return on the road to play cricket, he finally accepted his crime committed. As of now, as Pakistan Cricket Team is all set to tour Zimbabwe and South Africa, the chief selector has named him to the T20I squad.
Many patriotic are slamming him, terming him as a ‘fixer’ whereas, a few support him on behalf of his PSL 2021 performance.
Sharjeel Khan’s inclusion in the t20I squad hurts patriotic’s sentiments
Pakistan T20I squad for South Africa and Zimbabwe series:
Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Danish Aziz, Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Sharjeel Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Waseem (JNR), Shadab Khan (VC), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK), Arshad Iqbal, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) March 12, 2021
Here are Twitter reactions.
Sharjeel Khan is in Pakistan's 18 man T20 squad.
I give up.
The guy was given a 5 yr ban, denied his crimes for 2 yrs, only admitted them when he decided he wanted to play cricket again and the PCB crumbled and now this.
"Zero Tolerance Policy" ?♂️?♂️???
— Dennis Lahore University (@DennisCricket_) March 12, 2021
By selecting Sharjeel Khan PCB sets two wrong precedents for the juniors.
1: You can fix the game and get the chance again and this will goes on for lifetime.
2: Extremely unfit and bulky body with no work on his fitness. Juniors will get a wrong message.
— Ahmer Najeeb (@AhmerNajeeb) March 12, 2021
So, Sharjeel Khan can play but Salman Butt couldn't get any place in the team again … strange dual standards. Even if the logic is that Sharjeel is a big hitter then so is Fakhar Zaman as well with much better fitness. pic.twitter.com/rhgyT1FK8iAdvertisement
— Basit Subhani (@BasitSubhani) March 12, 2021
Sharjeel Khan is, was and will be a fixer whether he hit sixes on every ball or score century in every match. Shame on him.
— Memes By Putin (@MemebyPutin) March 12, 2021
My only problem with the squad is the selection of Sharjeel Khan. What about Zero Tolerance Policy.
I would have preferred a non-performer over a fixer any day.#PAKvSA
— #PeshawarZalmi ? (@MokhtiarAli) March 12, 2021
What a Shame ?
— Khalil Khan (@KhalilSays10) March 12, 2021