The International Cricket Council on May 22 charged Indian umpire Jatin Kashyap for breaching its anti-corruption code after investigating ‘international matches’ in 2022. The ICC has not specified the incidents related to Kashyap’s offences. He has officiated in district-level matches in Punjab but is not on the BCCI panel.
Kashyap wasn’t even officiating district matches in the last four years and had vanished from the State cricket board. But his name surfaced only after the ICC inquired about his background from Punjab Cricket Association (PCA). PCA secretary Dilsher Khanna insisted that ICC charges against Kashyap have nothing to do with the game in the state.
According to an ICC statement, Jatin Kashyap was charged with breaching articles 2.4.6 and 2.4.7 of the code and given 14 days to respond to the charges. The charges relate to "failing or refusing, without compelling justification, to cooperate with the Anti-Corruption Unit's (ACU) investigation in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Code, including (without limitation) failing to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU (whether as part of a formal Demand pursuant to Article 4.3 or otherwise) as part of such investigation" and "obstructing or delaying the ACU's investigation in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Code, including (without limitation) concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence of or may lead to the discovery of evidence of Corrupt Conduct under the Code."
Further ICC officials have decided not to reveal more information as sources that Kashyap must have been either a link between bookies or suspected individuals, who may be part of the "Persons of Interest" list of the ACU. "If you look at the charges pressed, it doesn't seem Kashyap is a bookie but may be a go-between, whose whereabouts were being tracked during international games," a BCCI source told PTI.