Pakistan bowler Irfan suspended for year over spot-fixing

Mohammad Irfan

Mar.29 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has imposed a year-long ban and a fine of one million dollar on left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan for violating its anti-corruption code during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

"You are aware that on March 14 the board called in and suspended me on the basis of two allegations, out of which I accept that it was my fault that I failed to let the board know when bookies approached me", Irfan told reporters on Wednesday.

Irfan, 34, has 84 worldwide caps across the formats and last played for Pakistan in a one-day global against England at Headingley six months ago.

Speaking on the issue, PCB's anti-corruption unit Head Mohammad Azam said that if he participates in lectures on the importance of anti-corruption laws and if no further breaches of the PCB code comes to existence against him, his suspension shall be reduced to half.

Resultantly, PCB required Irfan to submit a written statement explaining his version of events; his response to the Notice of Charge; and any mitigating factors that he would like the PCB to consider, and thereafter appear before the PCB Vigilance and Security Department to answer their queries.

"I admit my mistake and would like to apologies to the nation from the bottom of my heart", he said.

Irfan's central contract with the PCB has also been suspended and he will not be offered another during the 12-month period of ineligibility that officially began on 14 March.

Irfan, 34, has 84 global caps across the formats and last played for Pakistan in a one-day worldwide against England at Headingley six months ago.

It is also being reported that Irfan might have reached an agreement with the Board's ACU under which he has shown willingness to share all details off the spot-fixing scandal in the PSL and also point out the players and bookmakers involved in the racket.

The seven foot tall Irfan made his global debut in 2010 and was the tallest-ever player to grace the game.

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