The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended the fast bowler Mohammad Irfan for one year from all forms of cricket, effective from 14th March, and fined him One Million Rupees as well. The decision came after Muhammad Irfan admitted that he did not report to PCB about the approaches bookies made to convince him for spot-fixing.
Addressing a Press Conference at PCB headquarters, PCB Spokesperson told that Muhammad Irfan will face the suspension in two phases, the first for six months after which the decision will be reviewed based on the conditions laid by Pakistan Cricket Board. He has also been banned from all forms of cricket for the next six months as well and his central contract has also been suspended atleast for first six months.
PCB Spokesperson told the media that d Irfan will also provide necessary assistance to PCB Vigilance and Security. For next six months, he will also participate in Anti – Corruption Educational programs, where he will attend lectures to avoid corruption in sports and watch relevant videos on anti-corruption. If he succeeds in pursuing the suspension guidelines of the PCB, then he will be able to play cricket after six months.
Earlier, Irfan submitted his reply to the Anti-Corruption Unit of the PCB and confessed that he was approached by bookies but did not inform PCB Officials. He admitted that he has violated cricketing rules and regulations. Irfan had submitted his written reply on 27th March admitting the charges against him and appeared for two subsequent meetings on 27th & 28th March.
Muhammad Irfan accepts his mistakes, apologizes to Nation
Speaking at the Press Conference, Muhammad Irfan accepted his mistakes and apologized to nation for hurting them and their expectations. On the other end, he also said that though it was his mistake for not informing the PCB about fixing offers but he did not speak earlier about the matter as he was under immense mental stress after his parents’ death.
Muhammad Irfan said that he was asked to carry out fixes but did not commit any crime. His mistake was not reporting these offers to PCB officials and confessing his mistakes, he said sorry to his fans. Irfan had been charged with two violations of the PCB’s anti-corruption code for failing to disclose to the board about the approaches made by the bookies during Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017.
Anti-Corruption Code for Participants 2015 Article 2.4.4, under which the pacer has been charged, states: “Failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code.”