PCB says Mohammad Irfan is still under investigation


The Pakistani left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan is still under investigation in the corruption scandal, which he was found guilty in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai last week, stated Pakistan Cricket Board.

Islamabad United side did not allow Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and M Irfan in their second match of the Pakistan Super League when they found that were part of the scandal while the investigations were continuing against Irfan. Though, they played in their first game in the PSL.

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan also said that Irfan is still under investigation. Khan told the reporters, “Irfan is still under investigation and two or three days he might also be sent a show cause notice.”

He also said that the board had already been sent a notice to Sharjeel and Khalid to give their explanation. PCB Chairman stated, “The PCB will be forming a disciplinary committee under the supervision of a retired judge which will conduct the disciplinary proceedings and inquiry in which the players and others will appear to give their statements.”

Khan also clearly stated that since Anti-Corruption Unit of the PCB had exposed these incidents of infringement of Anti-Corruption Code of PCB, the disciplinary committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board will make a decision about the punishment.

The PCB chief said, “This case is not like that happened in 2010 when Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif, and Muhammad Aamir were punished by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal. In this case, the PCB will supervise everything. But let me make it clear if any player thinks he can do corruption and come back after a few years ban he is wrong. This time we are going to set the right deterrent.”

Shaharyar also reveals that Sharjeel and Khalid had returned on the same flight from Dubai as they want to talk about this matter with him. He further added, “They approached me when we landed in Karachi but I told them that they had brought disgrace and shame on their families and Pakistan cricket and there was no reason for them to do this. I gave them a piece of my mind and they went away.”

One day after the ACU of PCB had given all teams an absolute meeting on anti-corruption procedures, they were trapped, explained Khan. He stated, “Under our Code, accepting money to spot-fix is a big crime but even not reporting any approaches made to them by any player is also a serious offense.”

PCB Chief further added, “Our people are very vigilant in PSL because we know international betting syndicates are eying the league and we expect the players to remain vigilant all the time. This incident has hurt PSL which is why we are very hurt, ashamed and angry with the actions of these players.”