The PCB was investigating whether an international betting syndicate tried to influence PSL matches and also handed out five-year bans to batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif as part of the spot-fixing scandal. "I regret that I didn't report it and I have realised how serious it is if you don't report a corrupt approach," Irfan told cricket website ESPN Cricinfo. "But I am still very much accepted and people still like me. "I don't want to go into details about whether the punishment was harsh. There were reasons I didn't report instantly but I did reject them (the bookies) straightaway. "...I am happy that I am back after a minor ban and still have a chance to revive myself."
Mohammad Irfan on his six-month ban: 'It felt like six years' https://t.co/BDRVimxPIr— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 21, 2017
Irfan believes the ban helped him rest his body and that he was ready for the rigours of international cricket. "In the last six months, I have been resting with no workload and that has really helped me," Irfan said. "I got time to take a break from cricket; otherwise, the early part of my career, I was playing a lot. Due to my height and body structure, I get tired early, and need more time for recovery."
Mohammad Irfan to lecture Pakistan team on anti-corruption https://t.co/dV86jYw7Nr— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) September 19, 2017