Dubai: United Arab Emirates cricketer Qadeer Ahmed Khan has been handed a five-year ban from all cricket after he admitted to six breaches of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption code, the governing body said on Wednesday.
Khan’s period of ineligibility has been backdated to 16 October 2019, when he was provisionally suspended pending investigation.
According to ICC, Qadeer failed to report approaches for corruption to the ACU on multiple occasions, including the Zimbabwe series in April 2019.
He was found guilty of disclosing inside information in August of the same year, and also in breach of the article pertaining to refusing to cooperate with the ACU during an investigation, and obstructing or delaying it.
“Qadeer Khan is an experienced international cricketer who has received anti-corruption training. He should have avoided the people he knew were corrupt and reported any suspicions immediately,” Alex Marshall, the ICC General Manager of the Integrity Unit, said.
“He has accepted he did wrong and requested an agreed sanction in place of a Tribunal. His five-year period of ineligibility is a reflection of the seriousness of his breaches and the number of charges. He has accepted responsibility for his actions and expressed regret for those he has let down,” he added.
The 35-year-old right-arm fast bowler has featured in 11 ODIs and 10 T20Is for UAE, with his last international appearance coming in August 2019. (UNI)