Two United Arab Emirates [UAE] cricketers- Amir Hayat and Ashfaq Ahmed- have been handed suspensions by the International Cricket Council on account of match-fixing charges levied against the duo.
The non-disclosure charges include delay in intimation to the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit about approaches by the corruptors, accepting gifts or benefits such as personal gifts, hospitality, and cricket specific hospitality
The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) had suspended Amir Hayat during last years’ ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier in October but no formal charges were laid as the investigation was still under progress.
The ICC, in a press release, said that the tainted duo have 14 days, starting September 13 to respond to the charges laid by the ACU.
“The players have 14 days from 13 September to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage,” ICC said in a release.
The UAE duo have been charged under five articles related to ICC ACU
Hayat and Ahmed have been charged under article 2.1.3 and four other from 2.4.2 to 2.4.5 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, which state:
“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.
“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.
“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 $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.
“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.
“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.”
The 35-year-old Ashfaq Ahmed represented the UAE in 16 ODIs and 12 T20Is while Amir Hayat, the 38-year-old medium-pacer, has featured in 9 ODIs and 4 T20Is.