Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shehryar Khan has said that any cricketer found guilty of corruption or fixing should consider that his career is over. PCB Chairman was addressing a Press Conference in Lahore where he further said that Sherjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, being accused of spot-fixing, were suspended as the board had evidence against them.
Speaking to the media at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Chairman PCB said that they do not have any evidence against Muhammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hassan, a reason why they have not been suspended. The Tribunal comprising officials from PCB’s Anti Corruption Unit is deliberating the matter, Khan added.
Shehryar Khan told that tribunal is a serious matter, anyone who is found guilty by the tribunal should understand that his career is over. Replying a question whether lack of education to be blamed for such practices, Khan said that the academy offers classes as well to educate cricketers. However, he admitted that if the players were better educated, they wouldn’t have used unfair means to earn money.
Talking further, Chairman PCB also said that the strict fitness standards would be implemented from now onwards. He said that fitness and fielding should be their number one priority and that’s where Pakistan Team lacks right now. He also added that the cricketers, regardless of their seniority or expertise, would not be allowed to play if they do not clear the fitness test.
Mickey Arthur has told him that there are some four or five players who are on the borderline of the fitness test. It is the board’s policy to bar cricketers who fail to meet the minimum fitness requirement from playing, Khan said. PCB Chief further said that no matter how good of a batsman or a bowler someone is, if he fails the minimum fitness requirement, he won’t be allowed to play.
Could not report Spot-Fixing Offer due to Mental Stress, confesses Irfan
Pakistan’s Pacer Muhammad Irfan has confessed that he could not report Spot-Fixing Offer to officials because of having Mental Stress in those days after his parents’ death. Recording a statement with PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit, Muhammad Irfan has admitted that he had received offer of spot-fixing, but he did not commit any wrong doing.
Irfan told the ACU that first his father was passed away in September last year then later in January this year, his mother also passed away after a prolonged illness. He was in immense mental stress following back to back deaths of his parents, that’s why he could not report the spot-fixing offer, Irfan added.
Muhammad Irfan was questioned over his involvement in spot-fixing during Pakistan Super League 2017 where he was playing for the Islamabad United. According to the PCB rules, the player who receives spot-fixing offer immediately has to report it to PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit. He would be liable to punishment if he fails to report the incident.