Nasir Jamshed claims evidence against him ‘shaky’

Nasir Jamshed has claimed that the charges against him in the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal are “ridiculous,” ESPN cricinfo reported.

“They claim they have WhatsApp voice messages that show me talking about spot-fixing in code. But what they actually have is WhatsApp voice messages that show me talking about selling bats. There’s no code involved at all, ” Jamshed said, while discussing the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) claim about damning evidence against the former Pakistan batsman, in an interview with website.

“I’ve had an arrangement for years whereby I would sell a few CA bats and take a 10 per cent commission. It’s no secret; I’m allowed to do it. I laughed out loud when I saw details of their evidence against me. I was amused. It’s so flimsy. It’s ridiculous,” he claimed.

“The guy they say is a bookie… works in a Honda showroom as far as I know… We spoke about him buying some bats from me, but in the end he didn’t,” he added.

“If that is as good as they have, they PCB should dismiss the case now,” Jamshed asserted, adding that the body had “no evidence of any financial gain”.

“After all this time, they have not even charged me with spot-fixing or trying to fix a game. They have no real evidence against me,” he claimed.

“The original corruption investigation is still pending and we have retained our right to bring additional corruption charges at any time we deem fit,” ESPNCricinfo quoted a PCB official as saying.

Jamshed lashed out at the PCB, saying, “We have every confidence in the National Crime Agency but we have very little confidence in the PCB.”

“How can we trust them? They have leaked information to the media, they have made up stories about me moving house to avoid the authorities — I’ve been here in Birmingham since January — and the tribunal they have formed to hear my case is made up of former PCB employees. How can that be independent?” he wondered.

“I expect the NCA to clear me,” a confident Jamshed told ESPNCricinfo.

“But my worry is that I could be cleared by the NCA and found guilty by the PCB. That would still prevent me from playing cricket again. I’ve asked FICA (the international players’ union) for help, but as Pakistan are not affiliated to them, there is not much they can do.”

According to ESPNCricinfo, Jamshed’s claim that he was selling bats is backed up by the captain at Old Elizabethans CC Jamie Boyle, with whom Jamshed played in 2016.

“Yes, Nasir was selling bats when he was with us,” Boyle said. “There was never any secret in that. I think about four of our team ended up buying one from him,” Boyle is quoted as saying by Cricinfo.

The report also claimed that Naeem Anjum, a first-class cricketer in Pakistan who plays club cricket in England and runs a sports shop, also confirmed he was the one providing bats for Jamshed.

“It’s completely legal,” Anjum told the website. “I obtain a no-objection certificate from the makers and then send bats out depending on the demand. The last time I had an order from Nasir was just before the PSL.”

“The PCB knew I was looking at a future in England,I was hoping to play county cricket here. I would still like to after all this has been resolved,” Jamshed said.

“They are so keen to show the world they have cleaned up all the corruption in Pakistan cricket they are looking for a quick resolution to this case. All I can think is that I am seen as expendable,” he said.

“But some of those other players, such as Khalid Latif, have already raised their concerns about the PCB’s investigation. I’m confident the NCA will clear me and, when they have, I hope the PCB will drop this case,” Jamshed told ESPNCricinfo.

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