Oman cricketer Yousuf Al Balushi banned for seven years

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday has banned Oman’s Yousuf Abdulrahim Al Balushi from all forms of cricket for seven years for involving in corruption during the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifier, played in the UAE last month.

The player was reprimanded for breaching ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code.

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ICC General Manager, Integrity, Alex Marshall said in an official statement,

“This is a very serious offence where a player attempted but failed to get a teammate to engage in corrupt activity in high profile games and this is reflected in the severity of the sentence.

“Without Balushi’s admission of guilt and full cooperation throughout our investigation, the ban could have been significantly longer. The player has also indicated that he is willing to contribute to future integrity education programs on our behalf to help younger players learn from his mistakes,” he added.

In January, ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) had filed the charges after finding Yousuf guilty on four counts including match-fixing.

The charges are as follows:

Article 2.1.1 – being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive in any way the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of matches.

Article 2.1.4 – Attempting to solicit, induce, entice, persuade, encourage or intentionally facilitate a Participant to breach Article 2.1.

Article 2.4.4 – failing to report the approaches or invitations that you received from three different individuals to be a party to an agreement or effort to fix matches in the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019.

Article 2.4.7 – Obstructing or delaying an investigation carried out by the ACU in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Code, including by concealing or tampering with information that  may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence of or lead to the discovery of evidence of Corrupt Conduct under the Code.

Under the provisions of the Code, Al Balushi admitted the charges and agreed the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.

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