Afghanistan domestic coach banned for approaching player in SCL

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have banned coach Noor Mohammad Lalai for approaching a player to fix in the Shpageeza Cricket League (SCL).

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The franchise leagues are slowly turning into a dark stage for spot-fixing scandals. Another one has bite the dust as Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed that they have banned coach Noor Mohammad Lalai for five years due to spot-fixing scandal.

It has been informed that Lalai approached a national cricketer to fix matches in the last edition of the Shpageeza Cricket League (SCL). It was reported during the last season that a national team player was approached by Noor Mohammad Lalai on the pretext of “work” – which was a request to assist with spot-fixing in a few matches in the tournament. After almost a year, he has been banned for five years.

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ACB released a statement on Monday and labelled the incident as disappointing and a very serious offence.

“This is a very disappointing and serious offence where a domestic-level junior coach is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in SCL 2019. The coach, as an agent, tried to get one of the national team players to engage in corruption of spot fixing of a few matches in SCL 2019. Luckily, he [the coach] failed to do so as he was reported.”

“I would like to place on record my grateful appreciation and thanks to the player who displayed true bravery and professionalism from the moment he reported this approach. He recognized it for what it was, rejected it and reported it. He then supported our investigation and subsequent tribunal,” ACB’s senior anti-corruption manager Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi said.

The coach has been found guilty under the code of  ‘fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix.’

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