UAE internationals Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar have both been banned from all cricket activity for eight years after being found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Code.
The pair were provisionally suspended back in October 2019 after attempting to corrupt matches at the Men’s World Cup Qualifier, and after a subsequent hearing, the pair were found guilty by the governing body’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal on two counts:
Article 2.1.1 – for being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect(s) of a match or matches at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
On top of the above charges, Naveed was also found guilty of breaching the Emirates Cricket Board Anti-Corruption Code in relation to the 2019 T10 League.
Article 2.1.1 – for being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect(s) of a match or matches at the T10 League 2019.
Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code at the T10 League 2019.
“I am pleased that the independent Tribunal has imposed significant bans from all forms of cricket and this should serve as a warning to any cricketer who considers taking the wrong path,” said Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager of the Integrity Unit.
“Naveed was the captain and leading wicket taker. Anwar was the opening bat. Both had long international careers and were well versed in the threat from match fixers. That they both chose to engage with this corrupt activity was a cynical betrayal of their positions, their teammates, and all supporters of UAE cricket.”
In the wake of the findings, the Emirates Cricket Board acknowledge the work of independent tribunals and the ICC investigation.”
“Emirates Cricket remains firm in its stance denouncing any activities of corruption and those undertaken by the players in this anti-corruption case.”
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