The apex cricket body, International Cricket Council (ICC), on Wednesday, has banned Indian owner of T10 franchise identified as Deepak Agarwal for corrupt practices which are deemed contrary to the spirit of the gentleman’s game.
ICC banned the Indian businessman from all forms of cricket for two years, with six months of that suspended, as the Sindhi’s franchise co-owner in T10 league accepted one charge of violating the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
Deepak, who owned T10 team Sindhis for a certain period was charged as a participant under the code for unfair practices during the 2018 edition.
ICC gives an official statement in a media release
The ICC in a media release confirmed that “Agarwal was charged as a participant under the Code due to the fact he was one of the team owners of the Sindhi’s franchise in the 2018 T10 Cricket League”.
According to Anti-Corruption Unit’s detailed report, Agarwal was actually charged for clearing out the evidence in collusion with an unknown ‘Mr X’, who is also described as a participant.
“Mr Agarwal instructed Mr X to delete all the messages they had entered into between each other and to delete his number from his phone before attending the ACU investigation,” the ICC order stated.
“Article 2.4.7 – obstructing or delaying an investigation, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence of or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code”.
“There were a number of examples of Agarwal obstructing and delaying our investigations and it was not just a one-off occurrence. However, he made a prompt admission of his breach of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and continues to provide substantial assistance to the ACU in relation to several investigations involving other participants. This cooperation is reflected in his sanction.”
Deepak Agarwal, under the provisions of the code, preferred to agree to the charges while also agreeing upon the sanction with the apex cricket body in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.
Deepak will be allowed to resume his involvement in the game on 27 October 2021 if he is able to fully satisfy the respective conditions with reference to the suspended part of the sanction.