PSL Fixing Row: Pak Pacer Muhammad Irfan Among 3 Questioned
Irfan, along with Zulfiqar Babar and Shahzaib Hasan, have been cleared to play in the PSL for the time being.
Three more cricketers, including Test pacer Muhammad Irfan, were questioned by the Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-corruption unit after two Pakistan Super League players were provisionally suspended on corruption charges on Friday.
Irfan, who has played four Tests for Pakistan, was questioned along with Zulfiqar Babar and Shahzaib Hasan but all three have been cleared to carry on playing in the PSL for the time being.
A top official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that it would take another 10 to 15 days to complete the investigations against suspended Pakistani players Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, who were sent home from the Pakistan Super League on charges of meeting with people linked to a betting syndicate.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit is continuing with inquiries to root out corrupt practices and to safeguard and protect the integrity of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). As a part of the investigations Mohammad Irfan was also questioned. He does not face any immediate suspension. PCB’s ACU has also questioned Shazaib Hassan and Zulfiqar Babar. They will continue to play the PSL.” PCB said in a statement on Saturday.
PSL Chairman Najam Sethi emphasised that “the ACU will remain vigilant and continue to protect the PSL from the menace of corruption.”
PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, under fire now for having pushed for the return of the tainted Muhammad Aamir back into the national team and thus encouraging other players to dabble with suspicious characters, insisted Aamir was given relaxation and reprieve by the ICC.
Aamir was given relaxation by the ICC not by us. That is why he was allowed to resume playing cricket and considered for the national team.Shaharyar Khan, PCB Chairman
Sharjeel's father told the media in his hometown Hyderabad in Sindh that his son had told him he had done nothing. "We believe in him but we also want to see what happens now. But I am very upset with the way the media has been reporting all this. The media has been irresponsible and already declared Sharjeel guilty," Sohail Khan said.
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