ICC bans Hong Kong player Irfan Ahmed for anti-corruption code breach

Hong Kong all-rounder Irfan Ahmed has been banned for 2-half or years for failing to reveal approaches made to him to interact in corruption, the worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday Extra Update. The 26-yr-old Pakistan-born cricketer was provisionally suspended in November with the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) investigating his function on the subject of any other suspected offender’s activities.

“While Mr. Ahmed was now not charged with any offense regarding corruption, the ACU set up that he had failed to reveal to it full details of procedures or invites to engage in corrupt conduct that had been made to him among January 2012 and January 2014,” the ICC stated in a assertion. Ahmed, who had performed in 6 one-day internationals and 8 Twenty20 matches for Hong Kong, standard the sanction and waived his right to appeal, the ICC delivered.



Cricket has been plagued using some corruption troubles. A 2010 spot-fixing scandal ended in bans and jail terms for Pakistan speedy bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir and previous check captain Salman Butt. ACU chairman Ronnie Flanagan said corrupt individuals had multiplied the concentration on gamers from ICC accomplice Member international locations, in which cricket is firmly set up and organized. The game’s stakeholders needed to stave them off.

“This penalty (imposed on Ahmed) have to act as a reminder to all members of the need to conform with their duties below the (anti-corruption) code always and, mainly, the requirement to report corrupt techniques to the ACU with none put off,” Flanagan stated. “it’s far beautiful to note that the investigation upon which these expenses were based originated from information that has been disclosed to the ACU. “This is a clean and welcome demonstration that members now increasingly absolutely understand their very own duties in preventing this scourge on the game through prompt and diligent reporting as required by the Code.”

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