Mohammad Irfan    Getty Images (File Photo)
Mohammad Irfan Getty Images (File Photo)

The six-month ban on left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan ended on Thursday, thus meaning that he would be available for selection for next month’s Sri Lanka T20I series. Irfan was initially suspended for a year by the Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) following the investigations into the spot-fixing allegations in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League ( PSL). Along with the ban, he was fined INR 10 lakhs after he admitted failing to report approaches by bookmakers in the aftermath of the scandal.

The 35-year-old also had his central contract suspended for a period of six months. However, it was told to him that his playing-ban could get shortened to six months if he adheres to the suspension’s guidelines, which he has successfully managed, making him free to resume his career.

While talking to Express Tribune after the end of his suspension, Irfan said that the past six months were the toughest of his life. “As a cricketer, knowing that you cannot play cricket hurts badly. When a player is banned from doing something he has done all his life, it really hurts,” Irfan added.