The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned United Arab Emirates (UAE) players Amir Hayat and Ashfaq Ahmed from all forms of cricket for eight years after being found guilty of violating anti-corruption rules.
The sanctions are till September 13, 2020, when he was provisionally suspended for corrupt practices during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 in the United Arab Emirates.
The tribunal found him involved in bribery to influence the outcome and failing to disclose the details of the corruption as well as the cash/commodity received as well as the attitude of corrupt elements to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the ICC. convicted in the cases.
He was convicted under Articles 2.1.3, 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5. Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC’s Integrity Unit, said, “Both Aamir and Ashfaq played cricket at the highest level for long enough to understand the menace of match-fixers.
The ICC issued a press release stating that both the cricketers had taken 15,000 UAE dirhams from the Indian bookie. The charge sheet stated that this deal was done to fix the match against the qualifying round. Hayat is a medium pacer and Ahmed is a batsman.
ICC General Manager Integrity Unit, said, “Both Aamir and Ashfaq have played cricket at the highest level for a long time. Both the cricketers have attended several ICC anti-corruption education sessions and knew how to avoid indulging in any corrupt activity, the ban would serve as a warning to the other cricketers.