In a big news from the international cricket arena, United Arab Emirates (UAE) players Amir Hayat and Ashfar Ahmed have been banned from all cricket for eight years each. The decision comes after the International Cricket Council Anti-Corruption Unit Anti-Corruption Tribunal found them guilty of breaching the Anti-Corruption laid down by the world cricket governing body.
Meanwhile, the ban have been backdated to September 13, 2020 which was when they were suspended for corrupt conduct in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifier in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In a recent ICC release, they have listed the various offences the players have been found guilty of.
Article 2.1.3 – Seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept any bribe or other Reward to: (a) fix or to contrive in any way or otherwise to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any International Match; or (b) ensure for Betting or other corrupt purposes the occurrence of a particular incident in an International Match.
Article 2.4.2 – failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit, (a) that the Participant knew or should have known was given to him/her to procure (directly or indirectly) any breach of the Anti-Corruption Code, or (b) that was made or given in circumstances that could bring the Participant or the sport of cricket into disrepute.
Article 2.4.3 – failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) all gifts (whether monetary or otherwise), hospitality and/or other non-contractual benefits offered to a Participant that have a value of US$750 or more, whether or not the circumstances set out in Article 2.4.2 are present, save that there shall be no obligation to disclose any (i) personal gifts, hospitality and/or other non-contractual benefits offered by or on behalf of any close friend or relative of the Participant, (ii) any food or beverage gifts or (iii) cricket hospitality gifts in connection with Matches the Participant is participating in.
Article 2.4.4 – failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code.
Article 2.4.5 – failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any facts or matters that came to his attention that may evidence Corrupt Conduct under the Code by another Participant.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) players Amir Hayat and Ashfaq Ahmed have been banned from all cricket formats for eight years each after the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found them guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code," quoted the official release.
Lengthy ban of these two should serve as a warning to others: ICC General Manager
Meanwhile, the ICC General Manager Alex Marshall has hoped that the lengthy bans to both these players will serve as a warning to other cricketers.
“The two UAE players, attended several ICC anti-corruption education sessions, and knew how to avoid becoming involved in any corrupt activity. They failed in these obligations and let down their teammates and everyone involved in UAE Cricket, in their adopted country,” he Marshall was quoted in the same release.
“Their lengthy ban should serve as a warning to others,” he added.