The International Cricket Council (ICC) has booked eight people, including players, officials and some Indian team owners Parag Sanghvi and Krishan Kumar Chaudhary, in various corruption cases during the 2021 edition of the Emirates T10 League. The two Indians were co-owners of the Pune Devils team and one of their players in that edition, former Bangladesh Test batsman Nasir Hossain, was also charged with violating the league's anti-corruption code.
The third Indian to indulge in corrupt activities is a little-known batting coach named Sunny Dhillon.
“The charges relate to the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 Cricket League and attempts to corrupt matches in that tournament – these attempts were prevented. “The ICC has been appointed by the ECB as a Designated Anti-Corruption Official (DACO) in terms of the ECB Code for this tournament and is therefore waiving these fees on behalf of the ECB,” ICC said in a statement.
Sanghvi was charged under Articles 2.2.1 and 2.4.6 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Article 2.2.1 refers to “placing bets on the results, progress, conduct or other aspects of international and domestic matches”. Pursuant to Article 2.4.6, Sanghvi was guilty of “not cooperating or refusing without compelling reason to cooperate with an investigation conducted by the DACO into possible corrupt conduct under the Code.” Krishan Kumar was convicted under Articles 2.4.5, 2.4.6 and 2.4.7 of the ACU Code.
Clause 2.4.5 accuses him of “failing to disclose to the DACO (without undue delay) all details of an incident, fact or matter which comes to the attention of a participant and which may demonstrate corrupt conduct in accordance with the Anti-Corruption Code.” other participant.” Dhillon, whose coaching qualifications are minimal, was accused of attempting to fix matches and was charged under Articles 2.1.1, 2.4.4 and 2.4.6.
He was accused of “engaging in an attempt to manipulate, fabricate or unlawfully influence matches or aspects of matches in the Abu Dhabi T10 2021.” He also failed “to provide the DACO with full details of any approaches or invitations received to disclose corrupt conduct within the framework of the Code”. Nasir, who played 19 Tests and 65 ODIs for Bangladesh, was guilty of “failing to disclose to the DACO the receipt of a gift valued at over $750”. Other suspended players include batting coach Azhar Zaidi, UAE internationals Rizwan Javed and Saliya Saman, and team manager Shadab Ahmed.
Six of the defendants, including three Indians, have been provisionally suspended and all have 14 days from Tuesday to respond to the charges.
Later in the evening, the organizers issued a press release expressing their disappointment and promising a more vigilant attitude in the coming editions.
“T Ten Sports Management expresses its disappointment at the charges leveled against eight participants in the 2021 T10 tournament in the United Arab Emirates. We take all allegations of this kind seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy towards any kind of corruption,” it said in a media release.
“We will continue to work closely with the ICC on our T10 tournament calendar and do everything in our power to ensure the integrity of cricket is maintained,” it added.
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