LAHORE: Left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has said he could not report about the offer of spot-fixing because he was under mental stress following his parents’ deaths recently, ARY News reported.
Recording a statement with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Anti-Corruption Unit, Irfan has admitted that he had received offer of spot-fixing, however he did not commit any wrong, he said.
“First my father passed away in September last year. Later in January this year, my mother also expired after a protracted illness. I was under intense mental stress following the demise of my loved ones. That’s why I could not report about receiving offer of spot-fixing,” he said.
The tallest player of the international cricket world was questioned over his involvement in spot-fixing during Pakistan Super League 2017. He was playing for the Islamabad United.
According to the PCB rules, the player who receives spot-fixing offer has to immediately report to Anti-Corruption Unit of PCB. If a player fails to report the incident, he is liable to punishment.
Irfan, Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan all are likely to be punished for failing to report the spot-fixing offer, said ARY News correspondent Shahid Hashmi.
Hashmi said spot-fixing tribunal will decide what punishment Irfan will be given. The spot-fixing tribunal judge has received a notification from the PCB to begin hearing in this regard.
Justice (retd) Asghar Haider will head the three-member tribunal which will also include Wasim Bari and Touqeer Zia.
“According to code of conducts of PCB, in such a situation the player can be banned for a minimum of two years and maximum for life. The punishment would now depend on circumstantial evidences,” he said.