Asif Afridi returns to Pakistani domestic cricket after a one-year ban

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Asif Afridi returns to Pakistani domestic cricket after a one-year ban – Gudstory

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Despite the PCB announcing in February this year that left-arm pacer Asif Afridi had been banned for two years – a suspension for Anti-Corruption Act offenses dating back to September 12, 2022 – he has returned to playing the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for Pakistan. He played his first match since the ban on September 16, a few days after his suspension.

However, this does not violate the terms of his ban, because DBC made a mistake when it announced his ban due to crimes related to corruption. A document seen by ESPNcricinfo shows that his ban order stipulates that a “two-year period of ineligibility” be imposed on him, “half of which will be suspended.”

However, when the PCB announced the punishment on its official website and social media profiles, there was no mention of a suspension part of the punishment, simply stating that he was banned from all forms of cricket for two years. The statement also carries a quote from then PCB president Najam Sethi, saying that he “gives no joy to the PCB in suspending an international cricketer for two years”.

The PCB told ESPNcricinfo that before the official announcement of Afridi’s ban earlier this year contained this error. This has not been formally or publicly rectified at any time since then, and there was no announcement from the board when Afridi resumed his career last month.

Afridi was banned for two violations of the PCB’s anti-corruption code. The most serious violation of the Code was a violation of Article 2.4.10, which includes “directly or indirectly inducing, inciting, enticing, persuading, encouraging or facilitating any Participant to violate any of the foregoing provisions of this Article 2.4.” The exact nature of this crime has not been announced.

Since his return, Afridi, 36, has made an indifferent start to the tournament for FATA, taking two wickets during his first three matches. In his last match, he took seven wickets in two innings against Faisalabad.


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