Pakistan bowler Mohammad Irfan handed one-year suspension from cricket

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Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been slapped with a one-year suspension from all forms of cricket after admitting corruption charges during this year’s Pakistan Super League.

Left-arm seamer Irfan, who stands 7ft 1in tall, was one of three players banned following an anti-corruption investigation which found he had twice failed to report approaches by bookmakers linked to spot-fixing.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced that half of the 34-year-old’s 12-month ban could be suspended if he fulfils certain criteria and there are no further breaches. He has also been fined one million Pakistan rupees (£7,680).

A joint statement by respective Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Pakistan Super League (PSL) chairmen Shaharyar Khan and Najam Sethi read: “It is important for all players to take note and be reminded of their responsibilities and obligations under the PCB anti-corruption code and that no form of corrupt activity shall ever be tolerated by PCB.”

Irfan has 84 international caps across all formats, while his last match for Pakistan was a one-day clash against England at Headingley in September.

Fellow internationals Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, who play for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League alongside Irfan, have been provisionally suspended.