Mohammad Irfan provisionally suspended from cricket

Islamabad United, Mohammad Irfan
Mohammad Irfan suspended for one year by the PCB © Pakistan Super League

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Irfan has been formally charged and handed provisional suspension from all forms of the game by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday, as they continue investigations into alleged corruption attempts during the recently-concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Irfan, 34, has been investigated by the PCB anti-corruption unit as a part of an ongoing probe into alleged wrongdoings in the second edition of the Twenty20 tournament.

“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 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,” a PCB spokesperson said.

The PCB’s anti-corruption code 2.4.4 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.”

The board added: “The PCB’s investigation will continue with regard to any questionable activity by any player and player support personnel as it carries on with its mission of eliminating the menace of corruption from cricket.”

The seven-foot seamer has represented national side in 4 Tests, 60 ODI’s and 20 shortest format matches.

Previously, the PCB has also suspended two Islamabad United players, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, under its Anti-Corruption Code as a part of an ongoing investigation. A three-member tribunal has been set up to hear their cases next week in Lahore.

Nasir Jamshed, who has represented Pakistan in 2 Tests, 48 ODI’s and 18 T20 Internationals, was also barred from taking part in any cricket activity by the PCB last month.

Shahryar Khan, the chairman PCB, has suggested extreme punishments for players who were involved in the attempts to corrupt Pakistan Super League (PSL).

“We took action as soon as we had sufficient evidence. The two boys that were sent back to Pakistan took the same flight as I did and I told them how disappointed I was with their actions. The PCB does not take such scandals lightly.” Khan said.

“I want to make it clear that the PCB wants deterrent punishments for anyone who is really guilty. Players should not think that they will be able to pursue their cricketing careers till four or five years after they have been punished,

“Once the investigation has been finalised, a disciplinary committee will be formed, headed by a senior judge. The committee will then hear what each of the accused has to say before deciding upon a punishment for them.”