The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday banned two UAE cricketers from international cricket for breaching the Anti-Corruption code. The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) supported the move by confirming the ban of Amir Hayat and Ashfaq Ahmed.
The ECB had also suspended during last year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifiers for the same reason. Both the cricketers accepted of the charges of breaching the ICC’s Anti-Corruption code for five times. The duo have a two-week time starting from September 13 to respond to the charges on them.
“The players have 14 days from 13 September to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage,” ICC said in a release.
The apex body has charged the duo for breaching the article 2.1.3 and four other from 2.4.2 to 2.4.5 of ICC’s anti-corruption code.
As per article 2.1.3: “Seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept any bribe or other Reward to: (a) fix or to contrive in any way or otherwise to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any International Match; or “(b) ensure for Betting or other corrupt purposes the occurrence of a particular incident in an International Match.”
failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit, (a) that the Participant knew or should have known was given to him/her to procure (directly or indirectly) any breach of the Anti-Corruption Code, or (b) that was made or given in circumstances that could bring the Participant or the sport of cricket into disrepute.
Article 2.4.3 – failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) all gifts (whether monetary or otherwise), hospitality and/or other non-contractual benefits offered to a Participant that has a value of US$750 or more, whether or not the circumstances set out in Article 2.4.2 are present, save that there shall be no obligation to disclose any (i) personal gifts, hospitality and/or other non-contractual benefits offered by or on behalf of any close friend or relative of the Participant, (ii) any food or beverage gifts or (iii) cricket hospitality gifts in connection with Matches the Participant is participating in.
Article 2.4.4 – failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code.
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