The Manchester Crown Court on Friday sentenced Nasir Jamshed, former Pakistan batsman for 17 months prison on Friday. He has pleaded guilty for bribing his fellow cricketers as a part of Twenty 20 spot-fixing. Jamshed (30) along with Yousef Anwar (36) and Mohammed Ijaz (34) was arrested in 2019 Feb during a probe by National Crime Agency.
Anwar hails from Hayes, West London. He played the most crucial role in the plan. He was jailed for 3 years and 4 months. On the other hand, Ijaz hails from Sheffield, Northern England. He has been imprisoned for 2 years and 6 months. Further, Nasir Jamshed lives in Walsall, Central England. He had played one-day test and Twenty20 Pakistan international cricket. All the three accused were playing the major roles in the spot-fixing.
The court’s judge Richard Mansell said Anwar and Ijaz were involved in “sophisticated and organised criminal activity”.
Under Cop Gathers Evidence Against Jamshed and his Team
As per a secret plan by the officials, an undercover cop was sent to meet the spot-fixing team posing as a corrupted betting person.
During his secret investigation, he came up with the upcoming fix in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in 2016 end. Also, he learned about fixing during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Feb 2017.
As per the plan, the Twenty20 opening batsman assured not to score runs from first two balls. This was in a share of 30,000 pounds (USD 39,000, 35,000-euro) fee.
Jamshed played the main role of bribery in Bangladesh. Although their plan “two-dot ball” was called off. The undercover cop encouraged other players to spot-fix. This was a PSL fixing on Feb 9 in Dubai between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi.
After gathering enough evidence against the three masterminds, the cop submitted them and then arrested the three.
Jamshed has made more than 60 appearances for Pakistan. However, he denies the accusation of PSL bribery but later accepted to be guilty after his trial started in December.
In 2019, Jamshed was banned for 10 years from playing cricket. Later, the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption unit began an investigation on this.
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