Nasir Jamshed pleads guilty in bribery case
Nasir Jamshed, former Pakistani cricket team’s batsman has pleaded guilty to bribe fellow cricketers as part of a Twenty20 spot-fixing coup.
Jamshed had denied being involved in a plan focused on the Pakistan Super League but changed his plea on Monday during a court hearing in Manchester, northwest England.
However, the other two men, Yousef Anwar and Mohammad Ijaz, had admitted last week to offering advantages to PSL players with the intention of making them to perform improperly.
According to sources, all three men will be sentence in February. The date is yet to be fixed.
An undercover police officer had collected evidence against the three men by pretending to be a member of a corrupt batting syndicate and secured an initial meeting with Anwar, , prosecutor Andrew Thomas QC told the court.
The court heard how Jamshed himself had been the intended fixer during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) contests, when he and Sharjeel were both playing for Rangpur Riders
In both cases, an opening batsman in the Twenty20 tournaments had agreed to not score runs from the first two balls of an over in return for payment.
The court also heard how Jamshed’s co-defendant, Anwar, had first met the undercover officer at a hotel in Slough in November 2016, where he said he had been involved in spot-fixing for ten years, and claimed to have six players working for him in the BPL.
A second meeting, at a restaurant in Birmingham in January 2017, resulted in Khan and his Islamabad team-mate, Khalid Latif, being lined up for the next fix in the PSL.
The prosecutor added that Latif’s bag had been searched upon arrival from the UK to Dubai, and a number of coloured grips were found. He was also banned for five years by the PCB.