The National Crime Agency (NCA) has revealed that former Pakistan opening batsman Nasir Jamshed has been charged with two counts of bribery as part of an ongoing investigation into spot-fixing within the world of cricket.
Spot-fixing involves fixing an outcome not related to the final result of a match but on which a betting market exists in an attempt to secure a certain result.
Jamshed, who featured in 48 one-day internationals for Pakistan and two Tests, between 2008 and 2015, was banned from cricket for ten years following his part in the spot-fixing scandal that marred the 2017 Pakistan Super League.
The 29-year-old was arrested in February 2017 as part of an investigation into spot-fixing in tournaments organised by national cricket boards in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The former Pakistan International will appear at Manchester Magistrates Court on January 15 alongside two British nationals, Yousaf Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz. The trio could be fined and face up to 12 months in jail if found guilty.
The case will be the first corruption case in the sport of cricket to reach court since 2012, when Mervyn Westfield was sentenced to four months in jail after spot-fixing whilst playing for Essex. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is now lobbying for governments to make match-fixing a criminal offence.
ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said: “Most of our efforts now are on disrupting the criminals and this means persuading governments to introduce legislation that can make attempts to fix cricket matches a criminal offence so that those types of people are put behind bars.”
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