Pakistan and Islamabad United fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been charged by the Pakistan Cricket Board for his alleged role in the PSL 2017 fixing scandal.
It has been alleged that Irfan has failed to report contact from a bookmaker during the 2017 Pakistan Super League where the preliminary matches were played in the UAE.
The PCB released a statement to the press that read: “The Pakistan Cricket Board in furtherance to its investigation into potential corrupt practices has today issued a Notice of Charge to Mohammad Irfan under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code. 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.
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 PSL had barely begun when Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were suspended for alleged corrupt practices with sources within the PCB claiming that information they received indicated that Sharjeel had followed through on an agreement to spot-fix in the opening fixture of the T20 showpiece.
Irfan has admitted that he failed to report contact with a known bookmaker thus violating the code of conduct article 2.4.4 which relates to: “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 PCB questioned and subsequently cleared Zulfiqar Babar and Shahzaib Hasan in connection with related incidents.