Pakistan left-arm pacer Muhammad Irfan has been banned for one year and faces a fine of Rs1 million for violating the code of conduct of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Irfan’s central contract has been cancelled with the PCB. He will be offered no more contracts during the first six month of the ban.
However, during the first six months, Irfan will be asked to assist the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) whenever needed. He will also be asked to attend and participate in lectures organised by the ACU.
If he shows good strength of character during the first six months and doesn’t violate any more rules then his ban will be reconsidered.
The term of the ban will be counted from March 14, the day he was suspended by the PCB.
‘I apologise for the negligence’
Irfan, while addressing the media, said that he was regretful of not informing PCB on time and had told the board that he is ready for all punishments.
“First of all, I thank all of you for coming,” he said. “As you all know, I was suspended on March 14 by the PCB on accounts of two allegations against me. I accept my mistake that I didn’t inform the PCB or the ACU on time.”
The 34-year-old added that he never got involved in any sort of corruption and gave a “shut-up” call to bookies who approached him.
“When contacted, I had given the bookies a shut-up call,” said Irfan. “I never got involved with anyone in any sort of corruption. I had given the PCB the right to give me any punishment that they deem necessary.”
The towering pacer then apologised to everyone who were hurt by his actions, including his family and fans of Pakistan cricket. “I apologise to everyone whom I have hurt due to my negligence. I am hopeful that you all will forgive me for it.”