ICC bans two Hong Kong cricketers for life
Nadeem Ahmed (left) and Irfan Ahmed (Credit: ICC)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has imposed life bans on Hong Kong cricketers Irfan Ahmed and Nadeem Ahmed for breaching its code Anti-Corruption Code.

Nadeem and elder brother Irfan have been found guilty of various charges and have admitted to breaches in matches played between 2014 and 2016.

Another teammate Haseeb Amjad has been banned for five years.

An ICC Tribunal heard evidence regarding the cricketers fixing or contrived to fixing matches, “failed, for reward, to perform and failed to disclose approaches to fix during a number of international fixtures across a two-year period.”

“This has been a long and complex investigation which has uncovered systematic attempts to influence moments in matches by experienced international cricketers over a period of time. Their conduct was premeditated and sophisticated and each of the Ahmed brothers sought to corrupt others,” ICC General Manager Anti-Corruption Unite Alex Marshall said in a release on Monday.

He added, “The main offences relate to the Hong Kong matches against Scotland and Canada where the players fixed specific overs. These matches were won by Hong Kong so it did not materially affect the results of the tournament, however I cannot reiterate strongly enough to any player considering this that we treat any form of fixing spot or match with the upmost seriousness.

“With the fixers finding it harder than ever before to penetrate the highest levels of the game, we are increasingly seeing them turn their attention to other avenues in the sport and we will continue to work with Members to ensure players at all levels are educated about the dangers of corruption.

“The severity of the offences is reflected in the sanctions and I hope will deter other players from taking this path and demonstrate to cricket fans around the world our commitment to a corruption free sport.”

Irfan has been found guilty of nine charges while Nadeem on three.