Pakistan cricket officials uphold ban against opener Jamshed

Pakistani batsman Nasir Jamshed. (AFP/File)
Updated 22 October 2018

Pakistan cricket officials uphold ban against opener Jamshed

  • Jamshed was sanctioned by an anti-corruption tribunal in August for his role in the scandal, which tainted the Twenty20 tournament in only its second year
  • The 28-year-old batsman was first banned for 12 months by the same tribunal last December for failing to cooperate with the investigation

LAHORE: A Pakistani cricket tribunal Monday upheld a 10-year ban on former opener Nasir Jamshed over his role in various fixing scandals that rocked the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The 28-year-old — one of six players banned for multiple charges of spot-fixing — was sanctioned by an anti-corruption tribunal in August for his role in the scandal, which tainted the Twenty20 tournament in only its second year.
“The independent adjudicator has found the ban was ‘perfectly justified’ and shall continue to remain in force,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement.
Jamshed was first banned for 12 months by the same tribunal last December for failing to cooperate with the investigation.
The cricketer has been enmeshed in controversy since allegations broke he had effectively been a “lynchpin who approached and solicited other players” in spot-fixing in PSL matches played in the United Arab Emirates.
Spot-fixing refers to illegal activity in a sport where a specific part of a game is fixed, unlike match-fixing, where the whole result is fixed.
Jamshed was also arrested by the National Crime Agency in England on spot-fixing charges but was later released on bail in February last year.
Jamshed has played two Tests, 48 one-day internationals and 18 T20s for Pakistan until 2015.
His career nosedived during the 2015 World Cup where he was found overweight and mocked during fielding, managing just five runs in three matches.
The other players banned in the PSL spot-fixing tribunal were Sharjeel Khan (five years with two and a half suspended), Khalid Latif (five years), Mohammad Irfan (one year with six months suspended) and Mohammad Nawaz (two months, one suspended).


Spurs retire French NBA star Parker’s number in ceremony

Updated 12 November 2019

Spurs retire French NBA star Parker’s number in ceremony

  • Tony Parker won four NBA titles in 17 seasons with the Spurs, joining the club in 2001
  • Former coach Gregg Popovich expects Parker soon to be named to the Basketball Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON: French NBA star guard Tony Parker was given an emotional tribute Monday by the San Antonio Spurs, who retired his number nine jersey in a post-game ceremony after a loss.
Parker won four NBA titles in 17 seasons with the Spurs, joining the club in 2001 and becoming a starter as a 19-year-old European newcomer after only four games.
He averaged 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds over 1,254 career NBA games, playing a final campaign last season with Charlotte after making his fame with San Antonio.
“Thanks for all those years,” Parker said. “It was a crazy ride.”
Parker helped spark the Spurs to NBA crowns in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014 and was named the 2007 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player when he averaged 24.5 points a game in San Antonio’s sweep of Cleveland in the best-of-seven final.
After Memphis beat the Spurs 113-109, the ceremony saw several former teammates and coach Gregg Popovich pay tribute to Parker, who led the AT&T Center crowd in a final cheer before watching his number unveiled among the others in the arena rafters.
“I want a big ‘Go Spurs Go.’ Can we do it one last time for me?” Parker exhorted the spectators, who reward him with a memorable final cheer.
The most emotional moments came when Popovich spoke about the player he doubted at first, then helped mold into an NBA superstar.
“Tony, I want to apologize for all the physical and mental abuse I gave you the whole time you were here,” Popovich said with a smile.
“I’ve been the luckiest guy in the world to see you from age 19 to this point. I feel fortunate I was there to see it all. I love you.”
Popovich expects Parker soon to be named to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
“Pretty soon we’re going to be there when you enter the Hall of Fame,” he said. “That’s pretty amazing. You have done amazing things. You’ve made my life richer” although he joked, “I spent any money on wine you taught me all about.”
Parker appreciated the lessons he learned about the NBA and life from Popovich.
“You are always the boss but on this night, I am,” Parker said with a smile.
“For me, the impact you had in my life — you were the unbelievable second dad to me, the way you taught me stuff and made me better.
“Thanks for believing in me. You inspire me. You taught me a lot and I’ll be thankful forever.”
All spectators received a black “Merci Tony” T-shirt, the silver lettering accompanied by a drawing of Parker going up for a shot.
Fellow Frenchman said of Parker: “There’s no way you can talk about French basketball without Tony.”
Argentine star guard Manu Ginobili, who recalled being showed around as a newcomer by confident teen Parker, said, “It has been a pleasure man. I wish you all the best.”
Ex-Spurs star Sean Elliott called Parker “an absolute master in the open court with his speed only matched by his heart.”
Australian guard Patty Mills, a current Spurs standout, looked to him as an idol growing up.
“As a small point guard coming from overseas, he’s someone I watched and looked up to — he has been an inspiration for sure.”