14 September 2020
International Cricket Council (ICC) has formally charged Amir Hayat and Ashfaq Ahmed with breaching the council’s anti-corruption code. Both have been suspended provisionally by the governing board with immediate effect. Ashfaq has not played for the national team since last October. He was suspended indefinitely by the Emirates Cricket Board due to ICC investigations.
Both of them face same charges of “seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept any bribe or other reward” to “influence improperly” aspects of international matches. The charges include betting and other corrupt activities as well as failing to disclose receiving gifts, payment, hospitality or other benefits that were given to procure any breach of anti-corruption code.
Apart from these two players, UAE’s three other players are under suspension pending investigations. Last year, Mohammed Naveed, the captain, batsman Shaiman Anwar and fast bowler Qadeer Ahmed were all charged by the ICC with a variety of breaches of the anti-corruption code. After 11 months, all have returned to their native Pakistan.
A sixth player, wicket keeper Ghulam Shabber, is suspended by the ECB for leaving the country without permission during the Qualifier last year. He has not been charged by ICC.