Spot-fixing scandal: PCB suspends pacer Irfan

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday suspended fast bowler Mohammad Irfan following the investigations into the spot-fixing allegations, DawnNews reported.
Irfan had appeared before the PCB anti-corruption unit in Lahore on Monday to answer allegation of him not reporting to the unit incident in which a bookie made a contact with him during the second HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The fast bowler was suspended and charge-sheeted over his alleged connections with bookies. The PCB has asked Irfan to submit his reply within 14 days.
The hearing continued for one and half hours and Irfan was also asked to hand over his cell phone and other relevant information to the unit.
There were reports that Irfan took the stance that he could not report to the unit because he was upset due to the death of his parents, who passed away one after other in a space of one year.
Along with Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Shahzaib Hasan, Irfan too was accused of allegedly meeting the bookie soon after the inaugural PSL match between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United in Dubai.
The unit immediately sidelined prime suspects Sharjeel and Khalid, but allowed Irfan and Shahzaib to continue playing in the league after initial inquiries.
But after the end of the PSL final in Lahore last Sunday, both Irfan and Shahzaib were summoned by the anti-corruption unit.
Shahzaib, a former international, is to appear before the unit on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had said that it will undertake forensic examination of available evidence on spot-fixing allegations during the PSL and the information provided by the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) to fix responsibility on people involved in it.
In a preliminary report submitted to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the premier investigation agency said it was looking into the matter pertaining to deletion of messages from mobile phones of players to find out which of them were in contact with bookies and what had been agreed upon between them.
The report, according to the Ministry of Interior, has identified some vital points with respect to steps taken to prevent spot-fixing during the PSL and the possibility of players’ involvement.—Agencies