Pakistan seamer Mohammad Irfan has been fined a million rupees and banned for one year by Pakistan Cricket Board after he pleaded guilty on two charges for his involvement in the Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal. Irfan however denied being involved in fixing or illegal activities.
Irfan accepted he failed to report the approach of bookmakers during the 2nd edition of PSL. He was suspended earlier this month before the official ban came in effect today. "I was approached twice and it was my mistake that I did not report it to PCB's anti-corruption unit," Irfan told reporters
"I admit my mistake for not reporting it to the ACU but I didn't get involved in any corrupt activity and gave a shut-up call to those who approached me. I ask the whole nation to forgive me if anyone is hurt by this mistake of mine. I hope you will forgive me." he added.
As a result of the ban, Irfan will miss out in Pakistan's squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England.