Pakistan Cricket Board has put a year-long ban on Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Irfan for violating its anti-corruption code on Wednesday.
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The cricketer’s central contract has been suspended for six months, said PCB spokesperson during a press conference. During the six months, PCB will ensure that the cricketer does not violate anti-corruption guidelines, said PCB spokesperson.
Moreover, he will be required to give lectures to other players on importance of anti-corruption laws and will not allowed be offered any new contract by PCB during this time.
The bowler had submitted his reply to board’s Anti-Corruption Unit on Wednesday.
Irfan has been charged with two violations of the PCB’s anti-corruption code for failing to disclose to the board the approaches made by the bookies during Pakistan Super League 2017.
Code 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.”
Earlier this month Irfan appeared before the board’s Anti-Corruption Unit, where he admitted in his video statement that he had been contacted by bookies during the tournament but had not reported the approach to the PCB, as he had been under “mental duress due to the recent death of his parents.”
- Violation of Code Article 2.4.4 carries minimum punishment of a six-month ban.
If Irfan admits to the offence his case will be presented before a disciplinary committee, sources privy to the development informed.