Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan was, on 14 March, provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) from all forms of the game for his alleged involvement in the sensational Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing case. The left-arm seamer was sanctioned on Monday as the PCB's investigation into alleged corruption in the PSL gathered steam.
It has been learnt that Irfan violated the PCB's anti-corruption code twice and that the latest incident happened at the PSL in February. He was pulled up for questioning during the tournament but was subsequently allowed to continue playing for his team Islamabad United.
Mohammad irfan has probably f***ed his career. Shameful really.— Dr Danish (@MrDanny3) March 14, 2017
The 34-year-old was also summoned by the PCB last week to appear before the anti-corruption committee. He was one of the two players called before the committee, the other being Karachi Kings batsman Shahzaib Hasan.
"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," the board said in its release.
Another Pakistani bowler Mohammad Irfan has been suspended for fixing. Now he'll join terrorist group as he's free now.— Amit Choudhary (@twittison) March 14, 2017
"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," it further added.
Now Mohammad Irfan has been caught 4 match fixing&banned, I feel strongly Pak Cricketers should gamble In Casino rather than playing cricket— Ishtiaq Khan (@ishtiaq787) March 14, 2017
The article that Irfan was found in breach of dealt with "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".
Mohammad Irfan?? Entire PCB should be suspended for spot fixing.. I mean did #PSL2017 look completely clean— Chandan Kumar (@Iamchand97) March 14, 2017
Irfan is sadly the fourth player to be suspended in relation to the 2017 PSL spot-fixing case. Earlier in February, Pakistani batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were charged in the case. However, the two batsmen disputed the charges and an independent tribunal has been set up to look into their case.
Tall peoples have Brain in their Knees. Proved by Mohammad Irfan— #TUBELIGHT 2017 (@Its_BeingAisha) March 14, 2017
On the other hand, Pakistani opener Nasir Jamshed was also suspended and arrested in the UK as part of the same investigation. He was later released on bail.