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KARACHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged former employee of Sharjah cricket stadium and cricket organizer Irfan Ansari owing to the anti-corruption code for approaching Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed during the ODI against Sri Lanka in UAE last year in 2017.
According to sources, Ansari had reportedly approached Sarfraz Ahmed for spot-fixing during the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series in Abu Dhabi (UAE) in October 2017. After which Ahmed had immediately reported the approach to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
A statement issued by the ICC reads:
“Mr. Ansari is party to the code through his position as a person who is affiliated to a team that participates in International Matches and the Coach of the One Stop Tourism and Multiplex international teams who participate in domestic matches in the UAE. He has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect and has been charged with the following three offenses under the Code:
Article 2.3.3 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a participant to breach Code Article 2.3.2
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
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”
Ansari has 14 days from 19 May 2018 to respond to the charges.