In the week of controversies and dramas, one more has been added to it. The International Cricket Council (ICC) completed the investigation of the fixing allegation against former Zimbabwe Cricket official Rajan Nayer, who was found guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code has been suspended by ICC for 20 years from all cricketing activity.
The former ZC official had approached the skipper of Zimbabwe Graeme Cremer o influence the outcome of the game prior to the Windies Test series in October, 2017. Nayer accepted the charge of 2.1.4, which if breached leads to an ineligibility of a minimum of five years and a maximum of a lifetime. The punishment will date back to the original suspension date – January 16, 2018 and will end on January 16, 2038.
Nayer, the Marketing Director and Treasure of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association, accepted the charges against him which included the violation of Article 2.1.1, 2.1.3 and 2.14, which comply as ‘being party to an effort to fix’, ‘offering a player US $30,000 to fix’ and ‘directly solicited, induced, enticed or encouraged a player’ for fixing.
Alex Marshall, General Manager of ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), said: “I welcome the result of the investigation and the substantial sanction imposed upon Mr. Nayer. It is important that the seriousness of his offences were reflected in the.”
Marshall also thanked Cremer and Zimbabwe Cricket for helping him throughout the investigation: “I would like to place on record my thanks to Graeme Cremer, who has acted with the utmost professionalism throughout this process. Immediately after he received the approach from Mr. Nayer he reported it to the ICC and we were able to get an investigation underway swiftly.”
“Graeme has been involved and updated throughout the investigation and has played a critical role in ensuring that corruption has no place in our sport. I would also like to extend my thanks to Zimbabwe Cricket with whom we have worked closely throughout the investigation.”