Mar 282017

LAHORE: Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, who has been formally charged and provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board for violating its anti-corruption code, has been given granted a day’s time to submit his reply to board’s Anti-Corruption Unit.

According to PCB spokesperson, fast bowler was asked to appear before the unit to submit his reply but Irfan said that he was preparing his reply and needed another for it.

PCB’s ACU approved fast bowler’s permission and asked him to submit his reply on Wednesday.

Irfan has been charged with two violations of the PCB’s anti-corruption code for failing to disclose to the board the approaches made by the bookies during Pakistan Super League 2017.

Code Article 2.4.4, under which the pacer has been charged, states: “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.”

Earlier this month Irfan appeared before the board’s Anti-Corruption Unit, where he admitted in his video statement that he had been contacted by bookies during the tournament but had not reported the approach to the PCB, as he had been under “mental duress due to the recent death of his parents.”

Violation of Code Article 2.4.4 carries minimum punishment of a six-month ban.

If Irfan admits to the offence his case will be presented before a disciplinary committee, sources privy to the development informed. 

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