Pakistan’s fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been banned for a year for violating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Code.
The PCB Vigilance and Security Department had on 14 March 2017 issued a notice of charge against Irfan wherein he was charged with two violations of Article 2.4.4 of the Code.
PCB’s StatementIrfan submitted his written statement on 27 March 2017 admitting the charges levelled against him by PCB and appeared for two subsequent meetings with PCB on 27th and 28th March 2017 to properly explain his case.
PCB had alleged that Irfan had, “on two occasions, failed to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of the approaches and invitations received by him to engage in Corrupt Conduct”.
After the fast bowler approached the board to initiate proceedings, PCB had asked Irfan to submit in a written statement a version of events and his response to the allegations.
The following “Agreed Sanction” is being enforced on Irfan:
- A period of ineligibility of one (01) year shall be imposed on Irfan, six (06) months of which may be suspended on the following additional conditions:
- That there is no further/additional breach of the PCB Code by Irfan within one (01) year of the commencement of the period of ineligibility; and no previous breach of the code by Irfan comes to light. If any such breach(es) take place the PCB shall reserve the right to initiate separate and independent proceedings against Irfan under the Code;
- Pay to the PCB a fine of PKR. 1,000,000/- (Pakistan Rupees One Million Only;
- Irfan will provide substantial assistance (as described under the Code) to the PCB Vigilance and Security; and
- Irfan will, over the next six months, participate under the auspices of PCB in programs of Anti- Corruption education, which may include amongst other things, delivering lectures on Anti-Corruption at such places and to such audiences as the PCB Vigilance and Security Department deems fit and appearing in any Anti-Corruption videos.
- During the period of ineligibility Irfan’s central contract executed with PCB shall stand suspended and no new contract shall be offered to him.
- In accordance with Article 6.4 of the Code, the period of Provisional Suspension imposed by the PCB in accordance with Article 4.7.1 (a) (starting on 14th March 2017, as detailed in the Notice of Charge dated 14th March 2017) shall be credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served.
Shaharyar Khan, Chairman PCB and Najam Sethi, Chairman PSLIt is important for all players to take note and be reminded of their responsibilities and obligations under the PCB Anti-Corruption Code and that no form of corrupt activity shall ever be tolerated by PCB.
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