ICC charge Hong Kong cricketers over match-fixing allegations

One of the three players charged, was seen playing against India in the Asia Cup 2018.

The game's governing body has found a breach of its various laws by the three players| Getty

Hong Kong cricketers - Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed and Irfan Ahmed - have been charged by the International Cricket Council over allegations of match-fixing. 

The Anti-Corruption Unit of the game's world governing body has found sufficient evidence against the trio for breaching its code under various sections. 

The charge has been laid for a game involving the three players during a cricket match in the year 2014. One of them, Nadeem Ahmed, was in fact, seen playing against India during the Asia Cup 2018. 

While that is likely to be Nadeem's final International game, Irfan and Haseeb last played a match for Hong Kong in 2014 and 2016 respectively. 

Irfan, 28, has been charged under nine specific laws for fixing games and was under ICC suspension since April 2016. On the other hand, Nadeem and Haseeb have been charged under five sections of the ICC Code.

Irfan firstly breached Article 2.1.1 in trying to fix games against Scotland on January 13, 2014, as well as versus Canada on January 17, the same year, he then “didn’t report the full details of the approaches during the two matches”, to be charged by article 2.4.2, before being further charged under Article 2.1.2 for taking bribe to under-perform against Zimbabwe on March 12, 2014. 

According to the ICC, Irfan also failed to report approach of corruption during the ICC World T20 Qualifier in June, 2015 and tried to fix a 2016 World T20 match as well. 

Haseeb and Nadeem have been charged for their involvement in both these games too and have been given two weeks’ time to reply to these charges.

(Inputs from Indian Express)


By Kashish Chadha - 09 Oct, 2018

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