Three UAE players suspended from cricket for corruption
International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged three UAE players and a participant in cricket from Ajman for 13 counts of breaching cricket’s anti-corruption rules and the players have been temporarily suspended with quick impact.
The players are- UAE captain Mohammad Naveed, top-order batsman Shaiman Anwar, right-arm paceman Qadeer Ahmed and Mehardeep Chhayakar, who has participated in cricket in Ajman. This has been a huge blow for UAE as their main three cricketers are suspended just before a day World T20 Qualifiers.
The players have been accused of endeavors to corrupt games at the World T20 qualifiers themselves, which start on Friday with UAE in action in the opening match.
Naveed had been remained down as captain of the UAE and expelled from the squad not long ago, supplanted by Ahmed Raza, the 31-year-old left-arm spinner. No explanation was given for the move at the time, however the ICC’s announcement on Wednesday clarified why.
Mohammed Naveed has been charged with two breaches of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code- Breach of Article 2.1.1 and Breach of Article 2.4.4. Naveed has additionally been accused of a further two breaches of the Emirates Cricket Board Code for the T10 League.
Qadeer Ahmed Khan has been charged with six breaches of the ICC Code- Breach of Article 2.4.4, Breach of Article 2.3.2, Breach of Article 2.4.4, Breach of Article 2.4.5, Breach of Article 2.4.6 and Breach of Article 2.4.7. While Shaiman Anwar has been charged with two breaches of the ICC Code- Breach of Article 2.1.1 and Breach of Article 2.4.4.
On the other hand, Mehardeep Chhayakar has been accused of for breaking Breach of Article 2.4.6.
In an announcement gave soon after the ICC’s, the Emirates Cricket Board stated, “The Board completely supports the ICC and the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit in their endeavors and impugns any activities of corruption. The Board will hang tight for the finish of procedures before making any further remark.”
The players have 14 days from 16 October 2019 to react to the charges. The ICC won’t make any further remark in regard of these charges at this stage.