The International Cricket Council (ICC) has got strict laws in place for match-fixing. ICC’s Anti-corruption Unit (ACU) is quite active and is regularly in the hunt for the defaulters. Furthermore, the apex cricket council has laid a 27-page Anti-corruption code that guides it to make the right decisions. Of late, many cricketers have got banned or suspended for their actions with regards to these guidelines.
Recently, the Shakib Al Hasan episode has yet again put the limelight on the ICC ACU. Over the years, several cricketers were either banned or suspended for their involvement in match-fixing. Not just match-fixing but failing to report the fixing approaches is equally a crime. Ever since these laws have been put into place, several cricketers had to face suspensions for failing to inform the fixing approach.
Here are five cricketers who got banned for failing to report an approach by bookmarkers
1. Mohammad Irfan
The tall Pakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Irfan, learnt it the hard way about the consequences of not reporting a fixing approach. In 2017, during the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Irfan failed to report a spot-fixing approach by bookmarkers. Thus, he was slapped with a one-year ban.
Moreover, he was also fine $10,000 after he accepted the charges against him. There were two allegations on him and he accepted his mistake. Also, he asked everyone to pardon him for his failure to report these fixing approaches. Reportedly, the pacer said that he didn’t report the approaches because of a mental disturbance.
This was due to the demise of his mother when he was in Australia earlier. Just a few months before that, he lost his father as well. There were a couple of other Islamabad United players against whom the charges were laid.
2. Irfan Ahmed
Irfan Ahmed is an all-rounder from Hong Kong who has played in 6 ODIs and 8 T20Is for his team. He is a decent batter and bowls quite economically as well. In 2016, he was suspended for two years and six months for breaching the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code. Back then, it was revealed that he wasn’t involved in any corruption.
The suspension was because he failed to report the approach. However, further investigations revealed that he and his brother Nadeem Ahmed tried to corrupt several matches including those in the T20 World Cup 2016. Thus, both the brothers have been banned for life.
The ICC came down hard at them because both these players were experienced. They also attended ICC’s anti-corruption briefings but still chose to indulge in such activities. It was even informed that each of the Ahmed brothers sought to corrupt others.
3. Siddharth Trivedi
At a very young age, Siddharth Trivedi managed to attract the selectors with his nippy pace bowling. He was a part of the U19 World Cup 2002 squad where he picked up 9 wickets in 7 games. The pacer continued to be an impressive performer at the domestic level and was therefore picked by the Rajasthan Royals for the inaugural edition of the IPL.
He impressed one and all right away and even earned plenty of praise from former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne. While it all seemed to be going well for him, he was dealt with a big blow. In 2013, the news of spot-fixing within the Rajasthan Royals team broke out.
During the police investigations, Trivedi revealed to police about several fixing approaches. However, he didn’t report any of these. He was found guilty of breaching the BCCI anti-corruption code and was banned for a year. Siddharth played his last first-class game in 2015.
4. Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is the most recent cricketer to be banned for failing to report match-fixing charges. Since 2017, he was approached by an Indian bookie thrice for revealing internal team information. While he was first approached during BPL 2017, he was asked for information again two times in 2018.
While one was during an international assignment, the other was during the IPL 2018. However, on neither of these occasions, Shakib Al Hasan reported to any anti-corruption body. The International Cricket Council (ICC) interrogated him on two occasions in 2019.
After a thorough investigation, the ICC slapped him with a two-year backdated suspension which ends on 29 October 2020. Shakib Al Hasan accepted all the three charges that were laid against him. During the period, the all-rounder will also miss the T20 World Cup 2020.
5. Mohammad Nawaz
In May 2017, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) banned all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz for two months. Moreover, he was also slapped with approximately $2,000 fine after he failed to disclose an approach by a bookie. The PCB charged Nawaz with a single violation of Article 2.4.4 of the anti-corruption code.
The cricketer accepted the charges against him. He agreed that he failed to disclose the fixing approach within time to the board’s Vigilance and Security department. During this period, his central contract with the board was also suspended.
After Mohammad Irfan, Nawaz was the second cricketer to be banned during that period of time due to the similar charges. After the ban, Nawaz resumed playing cricket. He last represented Pakistan at the highest level in an ODI game against Sri Lanka recently. This series also marked the return of ODI cricket to Pakistan.
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