Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been provisionally suspended from cricket for two two violations of Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code.
The pacer now has 14 days to respond to the charge. Conflicting reports are emerging as to why he was suspended, with some reports stating that he was involved in alleged spot-fixing during the Pakistan Super League. Other reports have stated that he was suspended for failing to report approaches from the bookies during the PSL.
Confirming his suspension, a PCB statement read, “He (Irfan) has also been provisionally suspended with immediate effect from participating in all forms of cricket. The 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.”
He is the fourth player involved in the Pakistan Super League, who has been suspended. Islamabad United openers Khalif Latif and Sharjeel Khan were also suspended for their involvement in a spot-fixing scandal.
Nasir Jamshed was also suspended and arrested for his involvement in a cricket corruption scandal.
Mohammad Irfan has represented Pakistan in all the formats of the game, last playing for them in 2016 in an ODI against England at Headingly, Leeds.
This will come as a huge blow to Pakistan cricket, with the 34-year pacer being an integral part of the squad, for the last few years.