ICC charges UAE cricket captain under anti corruption code

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United Arab Emirates’ Mohammad Naveed celebrates the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim during the Asia Cup Twenty20 international cricket match between them in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  Three United Arab Emirates cricket players, including captain Mohammad Naveed, have been charged under the ICC anti-corruption code and provisionally suspended with immediate effect.

Naveed, pacer Qadeer Ahmed and veteran batsman Shaiman Anwar were recently withdrawn from the UAE squad for a Twenty20 World Cup qualifying game.

The International Cricket Council says in a statement on Wednesday that the trio has been given two weeks to respond to the various charges.

The 32-year-old Naveed has taken 37 wickets in 31 T20 internationals at an average of 19.70. He and 40-year-old Shaiman, who has a batting average of 33 in T20 internationals, have been accused of two breaches of the anti-corruption code.

The first alleges they contrived or were party to “an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of matches” in upcoming T20 qualifiers.

The second relates to allegedly failing to disclose to the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) “full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in conduct in relation to the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019 that would amount to corrupt conduct under the code.”

The 33-year-old Qadeer has been charged with six breaches.

Two of them relate to “failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in conduct that would amount to Corrupt Conduct under the code in relation to” the series against Zimbabwe and the Netherlands earlier this year.

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