LAHORE: Fast bowler Muhammad Irfan, who is under investigation for his alleged role in Pakistan Super League (PSL) match spot-fixing, has been slapped with various restrictions, Samaa reported Wednesday.
According to our correspondent, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has barred the bowler from using his cell phone and meeting his fellow cricketers in the PSL due to the ongoing investigation into match-fixing.
Sources said investigators have not so far cleared Muhammad Irfan who is playing for Islamabad United.
Two more players of Zulfiqar Babar (Quetta Gladiator) and Shahzaib Hasan (Karachi Kings) were also quizzed but cleared of any wrong-doing.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended three players – Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Nasir Jamshed – all have represented Pakistan in international cricket, for their alleged role in the fixing.
Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif arrived in Lahore from Dubai and recorded their statements before PCB investigation panel.
British police said Tuesday arrested Pakistani batsman Nasir Jamshed and a person named Yousuf in connection with bribery offences as part of an investigation into the spot-fixing.
UK authorities are working closely with PCB and International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption units.
Sharjeel and Latif have been accused of meet a suspicious person linked to an international betting syndicate.
Jamshed, who made the last of 68 appearances for Pakistan across all three formats nearly two years ago, is not taking part in the PSL.
Nevertheless, the PCB said Monday he had been provisionally suspended from all forms of cricket for “violating its anti-corruption code”.
The PSL, a five-team tournament, is largely being played in the UAE because of security concerns although Lahore is the scheduled venue for next month’s final.
PCB chief Shaharyar Khan has vowed a “deterrent” punishment if Sharjeel and Latif, were found guilty of spot-fixing.
Sharjeel has a contract with English county side Leicestershire to play in the domestic Twenty20 Blast tournament later this year.
Sharjeel, 27 and Latif, 31, shared a blistering century opening partnership during Pakistan’s crushing nine-wicket victory over England in a lone Twenty20 international at Old Trafford in September
Pakistan faced criticism for allowing Mohammed Amir to return to international cricket after he, together with team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif, was involved in a spot-fixing scandal during a 2010 Lord’s Test against England that saw the trio jailed and given five-year bans from the sport. – Samaa/AFP