In the most recent development of the ever-widening spot-fixing scandal, Mohammad Irfan has been barred from participating in all forms of cricket after he was issued a Notice of Charge by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for violating the board's anti-corruption code.
The fast-bowler kept a secret of his meeting with bookmakers in Dubai during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League. He termed his parents’ death - one after another within a year - to be the reason behind his inability to inform the anti-corruption officials.
The 34-year-old has 14 days to submit his response to the Notice of Charge.
The PCB in a release said: “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.”
Irfan, along with Karachi Kings’ opener Shahzaib Hasan, was summoned to the PCB headquarters in Lahore on Monday for further questioning into the matter.
The spot-fixing scandal broke out during the first week of the PSL. The PCB booted out Islamabad United’s hard-hitting batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif to ensure the ‘integrity of the league’.
The two have been under investigation. However, both have denied their involvement in the crime.