Pakistan cricket star Mohammad Irfan banned in new spot-fixing case

Irfan (left) is accused of failing to disclose corruption approaches

Mohammad Irfan (seen left) has been suspended as part of an ongoing corruption probe

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pakistan cricket star Mohammad Irfan has been suspended over allegations of spot-fixing.

Irfan has been suspended from all forms of cricket by the Pakistan Cricket Board over the allegations, which relate to an ongoing probe into corruption in the Pakistan Super League.

It was found that Irfan - a mainstay of Pakistan's one-day team who plays for Islamabad United in the PSL - failed to diclose to the PCB's anti-corruption unit "full details of any approaches or invitations received... to engage in corrupt conduct."

A statement said: "The Pakistan Cricket Board, in furtherance to its investigation, issued a Notice of Charge and provisionally suspended 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."

The PCB has also charged Irfan's Islamabad United teammates, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif , for similar offences, and a three-member tribunal has been convened to lead an inquiry.

Spot-fixing remains a major issue in Pakistan, seven years on from the infamous test match against England when the country's two key fast bowlers, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, agreed to bowl 'no-balls' to order.

Asif, Amir and captain Salman Butt were all jailed as a result of the case.