PCB suspends Mohammad Irfan in spot-fixing case

2017-03-14 11:08
Mohammad Irfan (Getty Images)

Karachi - Pakistan's Cricket Board on Tuesday suspended and charged tall fast bowler Mohammad Irfan over his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during a recently held Twenty20 league.

"The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in furtherance to its investigation issued a Notice of Charge and provisionally suspended Irfan under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code," it said in a statement.

It added: "Irfan has been charged with two violations of the anti-corruption code and now has 14 days to respond to the Notice of Charge," without giving further details.

"He has also been provisionally suspended with immediate effect from participating in all forms of cricket."

Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, also members of the Islamabad United team that took part in the Pakistan Super League, were also provisionally suspended and charged last month over meeting a man suspected of being linked to an international betting syndicate.

Another former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed was also provisionally suspended on charges of being a "go between" in the spot-fixing incident. Jamshed and another unnamed person were arrested in UK last month but were bailed until April.

The PCB, which has formed a three-member tribunal under retired judge Asghar Haider, said the investigation would continue.

Irfan, 34, appeared before the anti-corruption unit of the PCB on Monday and confessed to being approached by a bookmaker about fixing matches in the past six months.

He admitted he failed to report the incidents because of the death of his father in September followed by his mother's passing in January.

Irfan was initially dropped from one match in the PSL but was later cleared to play all remaining eight games.

Irfan made headlines for his extraordinary height - seven feet and one inch - when he entered international cricket in 2010 and stands as the tallest-ever player to feature in international cricket.

He has so far played four Tests, 60 one-day and 20 Twenty20 internationals.

Read more on:    pcb  |  mohammad irfan  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Who will win the 4-Test series between hosts South Africa and visitors England over Xmas, New Year and into January 2020?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.