ICC charges UAE's Amir Hayat and Ashfaq Ahmed for breaching the anti-corruption code

The ICC has given the duo 14 days to respond to the charges.

Ashfaq Ahmed and Amir Hayat of UAEUnited Arab Emirates (UAE) players Amir Hayat and Ashfaq Ahmed have been charged for violation of the ICC anti-corruption code. They have been charged with five counts of breaching cricket’s anti-corruption rules and temporarily suspended with immediate effect, the ICC said in a statement released on Sunday.

The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) had suspended Ashfaq during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in October last year but no formal charges had been laid so far.

Both Amir and Ashfaq have been charged with the following breaches of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code:

Article 2.1.3Seeking, 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 2.4.2failing to disclose to the ACU (without unnecessary delay) the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality, or other benefits, (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.

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Article 2.4.3failing 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 has 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 2.4.4failing 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.

The charged players have 14 days from September 13 onwards to respond to the charges levied on them.


By Jatin Sharma - 13 Sep, 2020

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