The Pakistan Cricket Board has banned international spinner Asif Afridi for a period of two years from all cricket after he pleaded guilty as charged for two violations under the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Code for Participants.
For the breach of Article 2.4.10, Asif Afridi was handed a two-year period of ineligibility, while he was given a six-month ban for the violation of Article 2.4.4. Both periods of ineligibility will run concurrently and will commence from the day of his provisional suspension, which commenced on 12 September 2022.
While reaching its determination on the sanction period, the PCB took into consideration the admission of guilt, expression of remorse, past track record, and Asif Afridi’s request that the PCB considers his case compassionately, claiming he had unintentionally breached the Code.
Chair of the PCB Management Committee, Najam Sethi said, “It gives the PCB no joy to suspend an international cricketer for two years, but we have a zero-tolerance approach towards such offenses. As the game’s governing body, we need to make examples, handle such matters robustly, and send out strong messages to all cricketers.”
He added, “It is bitter fact that corruption poses a threat to our sport as selfish corrupters lure cricketers in different ways and methods. That’s precisely why the PCB has been investing heavily in player education so that they remain vigilant and can help the PCB eradicate this menace by reporting approaches if, despite all our best efforts to create awareness, a player falls victim to his greed, then the PCB has no sympathy.”
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