Two UAE Cricketers Given 8-Year Bans For ICC Anti-Corruption Code Breach

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Mohammad Naveed, Shaiman Anwar Banned For Eight Years For Breaching ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Mohammad Naveed was banned from all cricket for eight years by ICC.© AFP

Two United Arab Emirates (UAE) players Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar Butt have been banned from all cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for eight years for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. The ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found them guilty, and their bans have been backdated to October 16, 2019 when they were provisionally suspended for attempting to corrupt games at the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 in the UAE. Both cricketers were found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.1 and Article 2.4.4 of the Anti-Corruption Code. 

The cricketers breached Article 2.1.1 “for being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect(s) of a match or matches at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019,” said an ICC release.

They were also booked under Article 2.4.4 for “failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019” according to the release. 

Moreover, Naveed was also guilty of breaching two counts of Emirates Cricket Board Anti-Corruption Code while participating in the T10 League in 2019. 

“Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar represented their adopted country, the UAE at the highest level in cricket. Naveed was the captain and leading wicket taker. Anwar was the opening bat. Both had long international careers and were well versed in the threat from match fixers,” said Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager of Integrity Unit. 

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“That they both chose to engage with this corrupt activity was a cynical betrayal of their positions, their teammates, and all supporters of UAE cricket. 

“I am pleased that the independent Tribunal has imposed significant bans from all forms of cricket and this should serve as a warning to any cricketer who considers taking the wrong path,” the release said.

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