PSL Spot-Fixing: Mohammad Irfan Banned For One Year After Violating PCB’s Anti-Corruption Rules
In the latest development, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Wednesday has banned lanky fast bowler Mohammad Irfan for a year and was also charged one million rupees (PKR) after failing to report its cricket board’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) about the approaches of a bookie during the second edition of Pakistan Super League last month which comes under the violation of the anti-corruption rules.
“I ask the whole nation to forgive me if anyone is hurt by this mistake of mine. I hope you will forgive me,” Irfan was quoted as saying by Dawn.com
After submitting his report on March 29, the fresh reports suggested 34-year-old Irfan won’t be able to take the field for six months and would be on probation after he accepted his mistake before the ACU team earlier this month.
However, Irfan revealed he failed to inform the board as he was under mental stress after his parents’ death.
On March 14, Irfan was grilled by the ACU before been provisionally suspended for not reporting about the international syndicate who were trying to fix the matches of the second edition of PSL in the United Arab Emirates.
“I was approached twice and it was my mistake that I did not report it to PCB’s anti-corruption unit,” Irfan said.
Irfan is also supposed to assist the PCB’s ACU department in the case which has also witnessed the provisional suspension of four other crickets including Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hasan.
“If any such breach(es) take place the PCB shall reserve the right to initiate separate and independent proceedings against Irfan under the Code [Anti-Corruption Code for Participants 2015],” PCB release stated.
The one-year contract has been suspended by PCB of Irfan who reiterated that he was not involved in any wrongdoing.
“I admit my mistake for not reporting it to the ACU but I didn’t get involved in any corrupt activity and gave a shut-up call to those who approached me,” Irfan concluded.
Irfan had played both the seasons for former PSL Champions Islamabad United. However, adding as a big blow, the ban ruled him out of the upcoming Champions Trophy which is scheduled in England.
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