Pakistan ban fast bowler Mohammad Irfan for one year

The Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended Mohammad Irfan for a year and also fined the tall fast bowler one million rupees ($9,500) for violating the sport’s anti-corruption code during the Pakistan Super League. The PCB’s anti-corruption unit chief Mohammad Azam says Irfan has admitted he was twice approached by bookmakers during the PSL, but didn’t inform anti-corruption officials in time. Also fined the tall fast bowler one million rupees ($9,500) for violating the sport’s anti-corruption code during the Pakistan Super League T20.

The 34-year-old, Irfan failed twice to report approaches by bookmakers linked to spot-fixing. Irfan made headlines for his extraordinary height — seven feet and one inch or 216 centimetres — when he made his international debut in 2010 and stands as the tallest-ever player to feature in world cricket. Azam says Irfan’s suspension could be reduced to six months if he doesn’t further violate the anti-corruption code. The PCB has also provisionally suspended four other players Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed for alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the PSL.

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