Sharjeel happy with Pakistan welcome after return from ban
The 31-year-old was banned in 2017 for five years -- with half the sentence suspended -- for his part in rigging Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in the United Arab Emirates.
Although illegal in Pakistan, gambling on cricket is widespread with punters betting on specific outcomes during the game -- such as the number of no-balls or wides bowled in a particular over.
This gives individual players the opportunity to "spot-fix" -- influencing the lucrative betting market without, supposedly, affecting the overall outcome of the match.
Sharjeel was named earlier this month in the squad to play a series of Twenty20 internationals in South Africa and Zimbabwe next month.
"I have played with all these players in the past and in recent domestic matches, so there was no difficulty in adjusting."
"Now I am back in the squad my focus is only on cricket," he said.
"All the talk of the past is now past."
Sharjeel, who struck a century in this year's PSL before the competition was suspended last month because of a coronavirus outbreak, also pushed back against questions about his fitness.
"I want to play my natural game on the tour."
Sharjeel -- selected only for the four Twenty20 matches in South Africa and three in Zimbabwe -- has until April 10 to further improve his fitness.
Pakistan's tour begins on April 2 with the first of three one-day internationals against South Africa.
"I am selected for Twenty20 internationals only, so I will do fitness work on the tour and get ready."
The squad flies to South Africa on Saturday.