Sharjeel Khan claims blackmailing attempts on him

Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan has alleged there have been attempts to blackmail him by some people, but an official complaint to the police has not been lodged by him or his family.

Sharjeel Khan was part of the Pakistan squad that participated in the World T20 and Asia Cup.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Pakistani opener, Sharjeel Khan has claimed some unknown persons have tried to blackmail him, demanding money for not releasing unspecified videos of him. Police in Sharjeel’s hometown Hyderabad visited his residence and spoke to his father to inquire about the matter, but a senior official said the family had not filed any official complaint as yet with them.

"No official complaint has been made by them as yet with us so we can’t move forward. But we are confident that if they make a complaint we can get to the bottom of the matter in a few hours," the official said.

Sharjeel, a swashbuckling left hander who played in the recent Asia Cup and World Twenty20 events, said in a video message posted on his facebook page that he wanted to inform his fans that some people were trying to blackmail him.

"I just wanted to let you know some people have called me and threatened me they would release some videos of me if I don’t pay them Rs. 200,000. I just want to tell my fans these videos are tampered and I am in no way involved in anything," Sharjeel said.

He said the unidentified persons had said they would increase the money by Rs. one lakh a day until he didn’t pay them. His father, Sohail Khan told the media that he had informed the police about the matter but said since the calls came from an unknown caller they couldn’t provide the number.

“It is a ploy to blackmail us and I am confident my son is not involved in anything wrong,” he said.

But he brushed aside a question whether his son had brought the matter to the notice of the Pakistan Cricket Board vigilance and anti-corruption and security cell. Sharjeel, 26, has played 11 one-day internationals and 11 T20 matches for his country and was the only century maker in the inaugural Pakistan Super League held in February in the UAE.

Pakistani players appear to be caught up in a storm of controversies in recent months and more recently chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq didn’t include batsmen, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal in the training camp for the tour to England.

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