Irfan Ansari, man who approached Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, banned for 10 years

first_imgIrfan Ansari has been banned from all cricket for 10 years after the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him guilty of breaching three counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, the International Cricket Council said on Wednesday.During the hearing, the Tribunal heard evidence that Ansari approached Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed during the Pakistan series with Sri Lanka in the UAE in October 2017 with a view to engaging him in corrupt conduct by soliciting information from him. Sarfraz Ahmed reported the approach immediately and an ICC ACU investigation ensued which resulted in these charges and decision.Ansari is bound by the code as a result of his affiliation to the Pakistan cricket team and also as a result of being a coach to two teams that participate in domestic matches in the UAE.He was found guilty of the following three offences under the Code:Article 2.3.3 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a participant to breach the Code Article 2.3.2 by disclosing inside information.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. This included a request by the ICC ACU to take possession of and/or copy or download information from his mobile devices.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. Again this included a request by the ICC ACU to take possession of and/or copy or download information from his mobile devices.advertisementSarfraz Ahmed lauded for “true leadership and professionalism”Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – ACU said: “I’d like to place on record my thanks to Sarfaraz Ahmed who showed true leadership and professionalism from the moment he reported this approach. He recognised it for what it was, rejected it and reported it. He then supported our investigation and subsequent tribunal.”This is the first time we have prosecuted for failure to cooperate with an investigation since the new rules enabling us to demand the participants hand over their phone for examination and the sanction reflects the seriousness of the offence. It is an important tool to aid our investigations and continue in our efforts to rid the sport of these corrupters.”Also Read | India-Pakistan World Cup clash likely to be discussed on sidelines of ICC meetAlso Read | No India vs Pakistan at World Cup? BCCI sources say government to take final callAlso Read | Photos of Imran Khan and other Pakistani cricketers removed from Chinnaswamy Stadiumlast_img read more

Virat Kohli returns home after India’s World Cup campaign

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli returned to India from England on Thursday after India’s defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Virat was spotted at the Mumbai airport on Thursday along with Bollywood actor and wife Anushka Sharma. Earlier, Virat’s deputy Rohit Sharma had returned to India from England on the following day of India’s exit from World Cup 2019.Virat Kohli is set to join the Indian team for West Indies tour which includes 3 T20 Internationals, 3 one-day internationals and 2 Test matches from August 3 to September 3.Last month, it was reported Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah would be rested for the T20I and ODI series. But Kohli has reported informed the selectors that he will travel to West Indies for the shorter formats matches as well as the Test matches.India were one of the pre-tournament favourites and stormed to the last-4 as table toppers. However, they lost the semi-final to New Zealand in Manchester.After the Word Cup heartbreak, India will shift focus to the tour of the West Indies which starts with 2 T20Is in Florida on August 3 and 4.Virat Kohli had scored 443 runs for India in the 2019 Cricket World Cup and also amassed the record to become the first captain to score five successive half-centuries in a single edition of the quadrennial tournament.Also See:last_img read more