Karachi - Pakistan
have suspended fast bowler Mohammad Irfan for one year and fined him
$10 000 after he admitted failing to report approaches by bookmakers
linked to spot-fixing, cricket authorities said on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old said he had not spoken out at the time because he was under mental stress following the death of his parents.
"I accept my mistake," he told a press conference at the Pakistan
Cricket Board's headquarters in Lahore.
"I was asked to carry out fixes
but I did not commit any such crime. My mistake was not reporting these
"I confess and say sorry to the fans," he added.
Mohammad Azam, head of the PCB's anti-corruption unit, said the
player's admission meant he was not required to appear before a tribunal
which is set to hear the cases of four other players linked to the
Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed have
all been ensnared in the saga which took place around the Pakistan Super
League held earlier this month.
Azam added that Irfan could be eligible to return from his suspension
six months early if he took part in lectures on the importance of
Irfan made headlines for his extraordinary height - seven-foot-one or 216cm - when he made his international debut in
2010 and stands as the tallest-ever player to feature in world cricket.
He has so far played four Tests and 20 Twenty20 internationals, but
has achieved most success in his 60 one-day internationals, where he has
taken 83 wickets at an average of 30.71.