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ICC charges organiser for approaching Sarfraz Ahmed to fix matches

Irfan Ansari

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged cricket organiser and former employee of Sharjah cricket stadium Irfan Ansari under the anti-corruption code.

The charges include directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a participant to breach the anti-corruption code.

According to sources, the charges relate to an incident wherein Ansari approached Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed during an ODI series against Sri Lanka in UAE last year.

Sarfraz Ahmed immediately reported the approach to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Related: Sarfraz approached by a bookie during ongoing series against Sri Lanka

According to an ICC press release, Mr Ansari is party to the code through his position as a person who is affiliated to a team that participates in International Matches and the Coach of the One Stop Tourism and Multiplex international teams who participate in domestic matches in the UAE.

Ansari, who is originally from Pakistan, has coached a number of small professional clubs in the UAE for years.

He has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect and has been charged with the following three offences under the Code:

► Article 2.3.3 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a participant to breach Code Article 2.3.2

► Article 2.4.6 – failure or refusal to cooperate with the ACU’s investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely the information and / or documentation requested by the ACU in October 2017

► Article 2.4.6 – failure or refusal to cooperate with the ACU’s investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely the information and / or documentation requested by the ACU in February 2018

“Ansari is party to the code through his position as a person who is affiliated to a team that participates in International Matches and the Coach of the One Stop Tourism and Multiplex international teams who participate in domestic matches in the UAE,” the statement said.

Mr Ansari has 14 days from 19 May 2018 to respond to the charges.

“The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage,” said the body in a statement.

The PCB took extra measures to stem spot-fixing, with all six teams in this year s league monitored by anti-corruption officers. Pakistan has a history of fixing cases, the latest being last years scandal which rocked the Pakistan Super League held in UAE.

A spot-fixing case during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010 ended in five-year bans on then Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.

Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is also serving a life ban on charges of spot-fixing during a county match in England in 2009.

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