Mohammad Irfan banned for a year after admitting corruption charges

Mar.29: Left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to give him one more day after he failed to submit his response for being allegedly involved in the spot-fixing scandal during the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the UAE last month.

He may also be required to deliver lectures on anti-corruption as part of the PCB's anti-corruption education programs.

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.

Earlier, Irfan had appeared before PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit, where he admitted that he had been contacted by bookies during the tournament but had not reported the approach to the PCB.

But so far neither the Board nor Irfan has commented on these reports.

As part of a probe into potentially corrupt practices and what the PCB describes as "an worldwide syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the PSL", Irfan was initially charged with two violations of Article 2.4.4 of the organisation's Anti-Corruption Code earlier this month and provisionally suspended from participating in all forms of cricket.

While addressing media, Irfan said: "You are aware that on March 14, the board called in and suspended me on the basis of two allegations".

The PCB has formed a three-member tribunal to hear the case against batsmen Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan who have been charged with spot-fixing in the PSL and trying to coax other players into the racket as well.

"I admit my mistake and would like to apologies to the nation from the bottom of my heart", he said.

He angered coach Mickey Arthur when his global comeback stalled after just one spell as he broke down with cramp in an ODI against England at Headingley.

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