Pakistan’s pace ace Mohammad Irfan has been suspended from all forms of the game by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a year after he violated PCB’s anti- corruption code by not reporting to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department about the two corrupt approaches that were made to him during the recently-concluded, second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). His suspension is effective since March 14, the day he was provisionally suspended by the PCB.
However, he can return after six months provided he assists the PCB in their ongoing investigations into the PSL corruption case, and no previous breach of anti-corruption code comes light. He was also fined Rs 1 million by the PCB.
Irfan accepted the charges that were laid against him in a written statement on Monday (March 27) and strongly denied any direct involvement in the malpractices.
“I was approached twice and it was my mistake that I did not report it to PCB’s anti-corruption unit,” Irfan said. “I admit my mistake for not reporting it to the ACU but I didn’t get involved in any corrupt activity and gave a shut-up call to those who approached me. I ask the whole nation to forgive me if anyone is hurt by this mistake of mine. I hope you will forgive me.”
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While addressing the media, the 34-old-year admitted his mistake of not informing the PCB on time and said he is sorry for hurting the sentiments of his fans.
“First of all, I thank all of you for coming,” he said. “As you all know, I was suspended on March 14 by the PCB on accounts of two allegations against me. I accept my mistake that I didn’t inform the PCB or the ACU on time.”
“When contacted, I had given the bookies a shut-up call,” said Irfan. “I never got involved with anyone in any sort of corruption. I had given the PCB the right to give me any punishment that they deem necessary.”
“I apologise to everyone whom I have hurt due to my negligence. I am hopeful that you all will forgive me for it.”