My son did nothing wrong, claims Sharjeel’s father

Opening batsman was provisionally banned yesterday amid allegations of corruption


Sports Desk February 11, 2017
Opening batsman was provisionally banned yesterday amid allegations of corruption. PHOTO: AFP

Opening batsman Sharjeel Khan’s father, Sohail Khan, said on Saturday that his son did not do anything wrong after the player was suspended from the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) amid corruption allegations.

Addressing the media, the 27-year-old’s father said that it is possible that the opener interacted with someone unknowingly during his stay at the hotel in the United Arab Emirates, but he believes the left-hander will be cleared of all charges since “he did nothing wrong”.

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“When you are on an international tour, or are playing abroad, then you interact with many people,” he said. “So maybe he met with someone unknowingly who was under the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) radar. But I talked to him and I can assure you he did nothing wrong.”

Sharjeel, along with Islamabad United teammate Khalid Latif, was provisionally suspended by the PSL and PCB authorities. However, his father believes his son is innocent of any wrongdoing.

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“I have taught him cricket since he was 12-years-old and I know his character,” he said. “So I am hopeful that he will be cleared of these allegations.” Sohail added that he was talking to the media because Sharjeel himself could not come forward under the board’s code of conduct.

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