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Pakistan bowler Irfan
banned for a year
The Pakistan Cricket Board yesterday
suspended Mohammad Irfan for a year
and also fined the tall fast bowler one
million rupees ($9,500) for violating
the sport's anti-corruption code during
the Pakistan Super League.
The PCB's anti-corruption unit chief Mo-
hammad Azam said Irfan admitted he was
twice approached by bookmakers during the
PSL, but didn't inform anti-corruption of-
ficials in time about the aproach.
Azam said Irfan's suspension could be
reduced to six months if he doesn't further
violate the anti-corruption code and also
helps in the ongoing inquiry into alleged
spot-fixing in the PSL.
Irfan's suspension begins from March 14,
when the PCB provisionally suspended the
fast bowler and asked him to reply to cricket
board's notice of charge.
"I was twice approached," Irfan told re-
porters in the eastern city of Lahore, but he
maintained he did nothing wrong.
"It was my mistake that I didn't inform
(the ACU officials) about the approaches
in time. I admit my mistake and for that I
apologise to the whole nation."
On March 23, Irfan approached the PCB
and admitted the charges levelled against
him by the cricket board. He also appeared
twice before the PCB's vigilance and secu-
rity department before he was suspended
Irfan made his international debut in 2010
when he played a one-day international
against England. Although he has played
only four test matches over the last seven
years, he has taken 83 wickets in 60 ODIs and
15 wickets in 20 Twenty20 internationals.
The PCB has also provisionally suspended
four other cricketers, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid
Latif, Shahzaib Hasan and Nasir Jamshed for
alleged involvement in spot-fixing during
the PSL. (AP)
out the final day of the third
cricket Test between New
Zealand and South Afri-
ca Wednesday, foiling the
efforts of a depleted home
team to win the Test and
level the three-match series.
Heavy rain fell throughout
the night on Seddon Park,
and when the players arrived
for the scheduled start there
were pools of water on the
covers that sheltered the wicket
block was significant pooling
adjacent to the square and in
South Africa was due to re-
sume its second innings at 80-
5, still 95 runs behind New Zea-
land with captain Faf du Plessis
and wicketkeeper Quinton de
Kock both 15 not out. New Zea-
land needed five wickets to seal
a series-leveling win.
Conditions briefly bright-
ened around the scheduled
lunch break but when the rain
returned, the umpires and
ground staff agreed that there
was little likelihood the sodden
oval could be made ready for
play. The match was called off
at 1.30 pm local time.
Du Plessis said the rain saved
"There was a lot of rain pre-
dicted for this game but I wasn't
expecting it today," du Plessis
said. "I was ready to come out
and play my block-a-thon.
"It's fair to say New Zealand
outplayed us in this game ... and
they can count themselves very
unlucky. They outplayed us in
every department and we got
saved by the rain."
New Zealand entered the
match 1-0 down in the series
after losing the second test at
Wellington by eight wickets
inside three days and after the
first test at Dunedin was drawn.
That win seemed to underline
the superiority of the South
African team and New Zealand
was given little chance of saving
the series after losing frontline
seamers Tim Southee and Trent
Boult and leading batsman Ross
Taylor to injuries.
But the depleted pace attack
bowled superbly to dismiss
South Africa for 314 in the first
innings, a total significantly
boosted by de Kock's 90.
Du Plessis' 53 was the next
best score and the fighting
qualities du Plessis and de Kock
showed in the first innings and
in Wellington made it far from
certain that New Zealand would
have an easy path to victory.
The sixth-wicket pair defied
New Zealand for 46 minutes
before stumps on the fourth
day, after the Proteas' top order
had slumped to 59-5.
The pitch had begun to turn
and off-spinner Jeetan Pa-
tel took 2-22, including the
wickets of Amla for 19 and JP
Duminy for 13.
New Zealand made 489 in
reply, batting for 162 overs
around rain interruptions to
take a 175-run lead. That ad-
vantage effectively measured
the influence of New Zealand
captain Kane Williamson, who
batted 7-1/2 hours for 176, his
second century of the series.
Williamson equaled Martin
Crowe's record of 17 Test cen-
turies for New Zealand and be-
came the sixth New Zealander
to pass 5,000 runs in tests.
The match turned in New
Zealand's favour during the
final session on Tuesday when
five South African wickets fell
in quick succession. Colin de
Grandhomme took the first,
dismissing Dean Elgar for five,
and took a catch to remove
Amla from Patel's bowling. Pa-
tel bowled Duminy and Henry
removed Temba Bavuma (1).
Theunis de Bruyn was lost to
a run out after colliding with
Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Irfan, left, speaks next to Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-
corruption unit chief Mohammad Azam during a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
S Africa clinches
series after rain
washes out last day
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