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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have provisionally suspended left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Irfan after he admitted to breaching the board’s anti-corruption code.
Irfan told the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) that he was contacted by bookies prior to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and added that he failed to report the approach.
Irfan, who played for Islamabad United in the PSL, was approached prior to the death of his father and conceded that he kept the approaches to himself as he was in a bad place mentally after his father passed away.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in furtherance to its investigation issued a Notice of Charge and provisionally suspended Irfan under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code,” a press release from the PCB said. “Irfan has been charged with two violations of Code Article 2.4.4 and now has 14 days to respond to the Notice of Charge. He has also been provisionally suspended with immediate effect from participating in all forms of cricket.”
Despite admitting to being approached, Irfan insisted that he did not take part in any corrupt activities.
“I was under a lot of mental pressure after the death of my father,” he said. “They (bookies) had contacted me but I wasn’t able to inform the authorities on time.
“My hands are clean. I haven’t done anything wrong.”
The 34-year-old was questioned during the PSL, but was not charged and was given permission to keep playing in the tournament.
Irfan is the fourth player to be provisionally suspended by the PCB after Pakistan batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, and out-of-favour opener Nasir Jamshed, who was arrested in the United Kingdom with another individual before being released on bail.