Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan suspended for suspected spot-fixing in PSL 2017

Mohammad Irfan was suspended by the PCB for being in touch with a suspected bookmaker, making him the third player to be charged in the ongoing probe of alleged corruption in the PSL.

PTI March 14, 2017 16:16:52 IST
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan suspended for suspected spot-fixing in PSL 2017

Karachi: Pacer Mohammad Irfan was on Tuesday suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for being in touch with a suspected bookmaker, making him the third player to be charged in the ongoing probe of alleged corruption in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan suspended for suspected spotfixing in PSL 2017

File photo of Mohammad Irfan. AFP

"The Pakistan Cricket Board in furtherance to its investigation into potential corrupt practices has today issued a Notice of Charge to Mohammad Irfan under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code," the PCB said in a statement.

"Irfan has been charged with two violations of Code Article 2.4.4 and now has 14 days to respond to the Notice of Charge. He has also been provisionally suspended with immediate effect from participating in all forms of cricket," it added.

He is the third Pakistani player to be suspended under the anti-corruption code following the PCB's decision to send back batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif from Dubai on the second day of the PSL. They were also provisionally suspended under the anti-corruption laws.

Irfan appeared before the PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and top legal expert on Monday in Lahore and according to sources in the board, he admitted to meeting with a suspected bookie who asked him to spot fix in matches.

Irfan, 34, has played four Tests, 60 ODIs and 20 T20 internationals in his career, which has been plagued by issues due to his tall frame.

Irfan has denied accepting any offer but conceded that he did not report the matter to the board. Irfan claimed that he was under great mental stress in the past three months due to the death of his mother.

He has also denied getting any offer to fix matches in the PSL. The other suspended players have also denied charges of wrongdoing and a tribunal has been set up to decide their fate.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said if found guilty, the players could face a life ban as the board would not tolerate any corruption.

Irfan was not called for the national training camp set up for the limited-overs series in West Indies last week.

Pakistan's discarded batsman Shahzaib Hasan is also due to appear before the PCB ACU officials in Tuesday in Lahore. He too is being probed for suspected contact with bookmakers in Dubai during the PSL.

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