After being handed over a one-year ban from Pakistan Cricket Board, fast bowler Irfan has apologized to the nation for his mistakes during the Pakistan Super League 2017.
He told a press conference at the PCB’s headquarters in Lahore, “I accept my mistake and I was asked to carry out fixes but I did not commit any such crime. My mistake was not reporting these offers.
“I confess and say sorry to the fans, he added.
The PCB guidelines prohibit the cricketer from violating any other guidelines of the Anti-Corruption Unit. “If any such breach(es) take place the PCB shall reserve the right to initiate separate and independent proceedings against Irfan under the Code [Anti-Corruption Code for Participants 2015],” according to the PCB press statement.
Spokesperson said “The player’s central contract with PCB will remain suspended and no new contract will be offered to him and he is further instructed to pay a sum of Rs1 million to the board.”
Mohammad Irfan had 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.
Anti-Corruption Code for Participants 2015 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.”
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.
Irfan made headlines for his extraordinary height — seven feet and one inch or 216 centimetres — when he made his international debut in 2010 and stands as the tallest-ever player to feature in world cricket.