Irfan, Shahzaib summoned by PCB’s anti-corruption unit

Mohammad Irfan
Mohammad Irfan represented Islamabad United in the PSL 2. — AFP/File
Shukriya Pakistan

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Anti Corruption Unit summoned Mohammad Irfan and Shahzaib Hasan on Friday following suspicions they met bookies during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) season.

Left-arm pacer Irfan and opening batsman Shahzaib will face a tribunal, which was formed by the PCB, on Monday and Tuesday, ARY News reported.

The tribunal includes former Pakistan wicketkeeper Wasim Bari and former PCB chief General Tauqeer Zia.

Irfan was left out of the preliminary squad for Pakistan’s upcoming tour of the West Indies on Thursday.

The tribunal is expected to put forward evidences against both cricketers as the PCB and PSL officials are convinced Irfan and Shahzaib , who represented Islamabad United and Karachi Kings respectively in the T20 league, have committed punishable crimes.

Irfan is suspected to have received offers from a bookie several times with the Lanky pacer failing to report the approach — which is a violation of rules set by the International Cricket Council (ICC) — and can be followed by punishment if proved.

ARY News further reported that the PCB has not yet sent a notification to tribunal judge Justice Retd. Asghar Haider regarding Irfan and Shahzaib — but is expected to do so soon.

Islamabad United batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were provisionally suspended under the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code as part of an investigation into an organisation’s alleged attempts to corrupt the PSL last month.

Both batsmen were sent home.

Irfan, Zulfiqar Babar and Shahzaib  were also questioned by the anti-corruption unit. Unlike Sharjeel and Khalid, however, these players were not suspended and played for their teams in the tournament.

Khalid has secured the services of lawyer Badar Alam, while Sharjeel is still looking for one.

The PCB’s investigation is being backed by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit.