Hong Kong all-rounder Irfan Ahmed has been suspended by the ICC (International Cricket Council) due to breach of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code. He failed to report full details about an offer made to him by a match-fixer.
The offence is under Article 2.4.2 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code (effective from 10 October 2012 to 10 November 2014). The code stated, “Failing to disclose to the ACSU (without undue delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in conduct that would amount to a breach of the Anti-Corruption Code.”
He may face between two to five years ban if he will be found guilty.
An ICC spokesperson told a cricket website, “In accordance with the terms of the Code, a disciplinary process is currently underway and the ICC is not able to make any further comment on the matter pending the outcome of the disciplinary process.”
Tim Cutler, the CEO of Hong Kong Cricket Association said, “We are firmly committed to upholding the integrity of our sport and we fully support the ICC’s broadened concern around this grave threat to the soul of cricket. We must always put player welfare at the centre of our concerns and no matter what, there is a young man here who needs to be our immediate concern and we will be there for any support we can offer.”
The 26-years old right-handed batsman and the right-arm medium fast bowler has represented 6 ODIs and 8 T20Is for Hong Kong. He made his international debut against Pakistan in 2008.
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