Pakistan bowler Mohammad Irfan handed one-year ban after spot-fixing approach

Delia Watkins
March 30, 2017

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday has suspended pacer Mohammad Irfan for a period of one year. The 34-year-old will also provide "substantial assistance" to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department and participate in programmes of anti-corruption education.

In a statement made by the national governing body today, it was confirmed Irfan, who is 7ft 1ins tall, had been handed a ban of one year, of which six months may be suspended should he follow a number of conditions imposed on him.

But so far neither the Board nor Irfan has commented on these reports. "I had given the PCB the right to give me any punishment that they deem necessary", he said.

In a PCB press release detailing Irfan's confirmed suspension, chairman Shaharyar Khan and PSL counterpart Najam Sethi said: "It is important for all players to take note and be reminded of their responsibilities and obligations under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code and that no form of corrupt activity shall ever be tolerated by PCB". "I accept that it was my fault in the charge that I failed to let the board know when bookies approached me".

PCB officials said they believe that Irfan did not engage in any malpractice and clarified that his suspension is based exclusively on his failure to report the bookies' offer to PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit immediately.

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Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Irfan admitted his mistake and apologized on hurting nation's sentiments.

Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed have all been ensnared in the saga which took place around the Pakistan Super League held earlier this month. "I hope you will forgive me".

"I was twice approached", Irfan told reporters in the eastern city of Lahore, but he maintained he did nothing wrong.

Pakistan were involved in spot-fixing case in 2010 when three players - Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt - were suspended and later jailed for their part in incidents during a test match against England at Lord's.

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