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Mohammad Irfan suspended by Pakistan Cricket Board for link with Dubai bookie

Mohammad Irfan has been provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board for violating its anti-corruption code during the Pakistan Super League Twenty20

cricket Updated: Mar 14, 2017 16:36 IST
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Mohammad Irfan of Pakistan celebrates his wicket of Dale Steyn of South Africa during the ICC Cricket World Cup match at Eden Park on March 7, 2015 in Auckland. (Getty Images)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has charged Mohammad Irfan with two violations of its anti-corruption code during the Pakistan Super League twenty20 and provisionally suspended the fast bowler from all forms of cricket.

Giant seamer Mohammad Irfan, who has represented his country in 84 international matches across all three formats, was questioned by the PCB’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) in February as part of an investigation related to the Pakistan Super League.

Fellow Pakistan internationals Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were provisionally suspended last month and Mohammad Irfan has now been charged with allegedly failing to report an approach to engage in corrupt conduct during the PSL.

An official statement from the PCB 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.”

Article 2.4.4. of the PCB’s anti-corruption code states that a player will be in breach of the rules for “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”.

First Published: Mar 14, 2017 14:54 IST