The International Cricket Council (ICC) has brought charges against eight individuals for purportedly trying to engage in “corrupt conduct” during the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 League, as stated in an official statement released by the organization on Tuesday.
The press release additionally noted that the ICC acted on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) in response to various violations of the ECB’s Anti-Corruption Code for participants.
It explained that the ECB had entrusted the ICC as the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (DACO) for the tournament in relation to its anti-corruption code.
The individuals facing charges and the specific offenses they are accused of are as follows:
1. Krishan Kumar Chaudhary (co-owner of a team)
– Article 2.4.5: Failure to promptly disclose to the DACO complete details of any incident, fact, or matter that a participant becomes aware of and that may indicate corrupt behavior under the Anti-Corruption Code by another participant.
– Article 2.4.6: Failure to cooperate with any DACO investigation related to potential corrupt behavior under the code without adequate justification.
– Article 2.4.7: Obstruction or delay of a DACO investigation into potential corrupt behavior under the code.
2. Parag Sanghvi (co-owner of a team)
– Article 2.2.1: Placing bets on the outcomes, progress, conduct, or other aspects of international and domestic matches.
– Also charged under Article 2.4.6.
3. Ashar Zaidi (batting coach)
– Article 2.1.1: Involvement in an attempt to improperly influence, contrive, or fix matches or aspects of matches in the Abu Dhabi T10 2021.
– Article 2.1.4: Direct or indirect solicitation, inducement, enticement, instruction, persuasion, encouragement, or intentional facilitation of any participant to violate Article 2.1.
– Article 2.4.4: Failure to disclose full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the code.
4. Rizwan Javed (domestic player)
– Article 2.1.3: Offering rewards to another participant in exchange for their involvement in corrupt conduct.
– Additionally charged with Articles 2.1.1, 2.1.4, 2.4.4, and 2.4.6.
5. Saliya Saman (domestic player)
– Charged with Articles 2.1.1, 2.1.3, and 2.1.4.
6. Sunny Dhillon (assistant coach)
– Charged with Articles 2.1.1, 2.4.4, and 2.4.6.
7. Nasir Hossain (Bangladesh player)
– Article 2.4.3: Failure to report receiving a gift valued at over $750 to the DACO.
– Additionally charged with Articles 2.4.4 and 2.4.6.
8. Shadab Ahamed (team manager)
– Charged with Article 2.4.6.
The press release states that “six of the charged individuals—Krishan Kumar Chaudhary, Parag Sanghvi, Azhar Zaidi, Rizwan Javed, Saliya Saman, and Sunny Dhillon—have been provisionally suspended and are provided a 14-day period, starting from September 19, 2023, to respond to the charges.”