Pakistan Cricket Board reprimands Muhammad Irfan for his alleged role in PSL spot-fixing saga

The recent spot-fixing scandals is becoming hideous as emerged at the start of the PSL Second season started. PCB on Tuesday suspended magnanimous fast bowler Muhammad Irfan over alleged accusations of spot-fixing.

Irfan has been charged with two violations of the anti-corruption code and now has been given 14days to respond to the Notice of Charge

PCB code for anti-corruption 2.4.4 narrates that any failure to disclose to the PCB vigilance and security department without any pointless delay full information of any approaches or attempts received by the Players to participate in Corrupt Conduct under this code of Anti-corruption.

PSL 2017 sunk with the corruption muddle soon after it was uncovered that the two players Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif of Islamabad United were suspected guilty over their involvement in the spot fixing of PSL matches and hence violation of anti-corruption code of PCB. Both players accepted fault of not following up the PCB anti-corruption code and violation of the discipline but strongly refused charges against them for spot-fixing matches.

Sharjeel and Khalid Latif were instantly suspended, two other players Muhammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan who were also suspected to be involved in the spot-fixing saga were permitted to keep playing in the PSL. Four players from Islamabad United were found guilty of meeting the suspected bookie after the season’s first game between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad united ended in Dubai on 9th February.

Irfan had a meeting with PCB officials on Monday in Lahore, where he admitted his breach of violation of PCB anti-corruption code by not revealing the approaches made by the bookie during the PSL second edition.  Few unconfirmed reports highlights that Irfan informed the PCB that he was perturbed over the sudden demise of his parents last year and wasn’t in a stable position to divulge this information to the higher PCB officials.

Newspaper Dawn also narrated that Irfan was asked to hand over his mobile phone and other pertinent information to the PCB anti-corruption unit and is being given 14-days period to reply to the notice of charge. Fourth player Shahzaib Hasan will appear before the PCB unit on March 14.