Mohammad Irfan, the lanky Pakistan pacer, has been banned for one year by the PCB’s anti-corruption unit.
The PCB, on Wednesday, suspended Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan for a period of one year and imposed 1 million rupees fine on him as well for violating the anti-corruption code in the Pakistan Super League.
The chief of anti-corruption unit at the PCB Mohammad Azam said that Irfan has admitted being approached by the bookies in the PSL and he failed to inform the anti-corruption officials of the PCB in due course about the matter.
He further said that the suspension of the fast bowler might be reduced to only six months, in case, if he does not violate the PCB’s anti-corruption code anymore and helps with the continuing inquiry into the matter as well.
The suspension of the fast bowler will start from 14th of March, when he was suspended provisionally and was asked to reply to the notice from the Pakistan Cricket Board.
“I was twice approached,” the fast bowler told reports at Lahore, but also maintained his position that he didn’t commit anything wrong.
“It was my mistake that I didn’t inform (the ACU officials) about the approaches in time. I admit my mistake and for that I apologize to the whole nation.”
Irfan met the PCB officials on 23rd March and admitted all the charges made against him by PCB. He had also made a couple of appearances in front of the vigilance & security department officials of the PCB before being suspended on Wednesday.
The fast bowler made his debut back in 2010 in the ODI game against England. Even though he has represented Pakistan in 4 test matches only, his record reflects 83 wickets across 60 ODIs and he also bagged 15 T20I wickets as well in the 20 games he has played so far.