A former test cricketer accused of fixing games in the Pakistani Twenty / 20 Super League was in court today.
Nasir Jamshed is charged with bribery and charged with two other defendants after the National Crime Agency determined that players were offered money to throw.
The 32-year-old left-handed batsman represented Pakistan in two test matches plus 45 One Day Internationals and 18 Twenty / 20 games.
He appeared today with the British Yousaf Anwar (35) and Mohammed Ijaz (33), who were also arrested in February 2017 in an investigation for alleged spot fixing of tournaments in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
At Manchester Magistrates’ Court, Mr. Jamshed, Dudley, West Midlands, faced a bribe between November 2016 and February 2017.
He is said to have teamed up with Anwar to provide “financial benefits” to professional cricketers participating in the Pakistan Premier League, with the intent to induce these players to unduly fulfill their professional responsibilities by not being competitive in good faith Contest cricket matches “.
Mr. Anwar of Hayes, West London, and Mr. Ijaz of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, are also accused of offering bribes to Pakistan and Bangladeshi players.
Mr Jamshed wore a gray checked coat over black trousers, while Mr. Anwar wore a dark blue suit with a dark red tie and Mr. Ijaz a light gray suit with a vest.
The three men spoke to confirm their personal information. The prosecution said the case could only be handled by the Crown Court.
All three lawyers made no statements and the suspects were released after a brief hearing before the Manchester Crown Court on 12 February.
Mr. Jamshed made his debut at the age of only 15 and was soon selected for a series against Sri Lanka in the Pakistani U-19 national cricket team. In his second debut, he was 204 in the second innings.
At the age of 15 years and 140 days, he made his debut in April 2005 at the Lahore Lions, making it the youngest player ever to play in Twenty20 matches.
He scored a total of 3,178 runs in limited overscricket – 1806 of them in ODI and 20/20 internationals.
Mr Anwar has played Club Cricket for teams like Cheetham Hill in Manchester as a hitter in the North of England and is known for being friends with some Pakistani cricketers.
The PSL tournament includes one-day English captain Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills. There is no indication that English players are involved or have done anything wrong.
In 2011, Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were found guilty of using bribes to repair part of a friendly match against England in a case where the prosecution revealed the rampant corruption at the heart of international cricket ,
A third cricketer, Mohammad Amir, admitted that he was involved in the fraud that deliberately did not throw balls before the trial ended.