ICC bans UAE’s Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar Butt for eight years for match fixing- International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended two UAE players — Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar Butt — for eight years under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
The two cricketers, who were provisionally suspended in 2019, will not able to play cricket. Naveed and Butt were found guilty of trying to fix matches in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 in the UAE.
Following a full hearing and presentation of written and oral argument, the Tribunal found both Naveed and Butt guilty of:
Article 2.1.1 – for being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect(s) of a match or matches at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
Naveed was also found guilty of breaching the anti-corruption code during the T20 League 2019. “Naveed was also found guilty of breaching the following two counts of the Emirates Cricket Board Anti-Corruption Code for Participants of the T10 League 2019,” ICC said.
Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity Unit, said: “Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar represented their adopted country, the UAE at the highest level in cricket.
“Naveed was the captain and leading wicket-taker. Anwar was the opening bat. Both had long international careers and were well versed in the threat from match-fixers. That they both chose to engage with this corrupt activity was a cynical betrayal of their positions, their teammates, and all supporters of UAE cricket.
“I am pleased that the independent Tribunal has imposed significant bans from all forms of cricket and this should serve as a warning to any cricketer who considers taking the wrong path.”
The decision on sanctions (which has been redacted to protect the identities of the ICC’s witnesses and other third parties) is available here.