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Spot-fixing scandal: PCB suspends pacer Mohammad Irfan

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.

If the unit is not satisfied with the answers of both Irfan and Shahzaib, it may file charge sheets against them.

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