Veteran Pakistani left-arm spinner Asif Afridi was given a two-year suspension for violating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption rules.
Asif Afridi has been suspended for two years after breaking the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption rule twice. The left-arm spinner’s suspension will begin on September 12, 2022, the day the player was temporarily suspended. The offences allegedly occurred at the 2022 Pakistan Cup, where Afridi competed for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who finished second.
Najam Sethi, the PCB chairman, commented on the event as follows: “The PCB has no desire to suspend a player for two years from international competition, but we have a zero-tolerance policy for such offences.
As the organisation that oversees the game, we must set an example, deal with these situations forcefully, and convey a clear message to all cricketers.”
He continued, “It is a sad fact that corruption threatens our sport because avaricious corrupters seduce cricket players in a variety of ways. To ensure that players remain cautious and are able to assist the PCB in eradicating this threat by reporting approaches, the PCB has made significant investments in player education. The PCB has no pity if, despite all our efforts to raise awareness, a player is harmed by his greed.”
Asif hasn’t participated in any national team matches for Pakistan, however he was a member of the T20I and ODI teams for Australia’s 2022 visit of Pakistan. He has also played for Multan Sultans in the PSL. The left-arm spinner, who has taken 240 wickets total, has played in 35 first-class, 42 List-A, and 65 T20 matches. He played his final cricket match before the ban was put in place against Central Punjab in August 2022 while competing in the National T20 Cup.
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