ICC suspends Rajan Nayer for 20 years following corruption approach

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ICC suspends Rajan Nayer for 20 years following corruption approach 

ICC suspends Rajan Nayer for 20 years following corruption approach
Graeme Cremer has also played 78 T20. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

International Cricket Council (ICC) in its latest development has handed over a ban of 20 years to Zimbabwean domestic official. The big decision came after a thorough investigation from the Board has reached to the conclusion on March 27 (Tuesday).

Nayer, who served as the Marketing Director and Treasurer of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association.

Pertinently, Nayer has accepted the offenses while breaching the Anti-Corruption Code of ICC.

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Zimbabwe recently faltered to make it to the 2019 World Cup under the leadership of Cremer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Moreover, Nayer has approached the skipper of Zimbabwean cricket Graeme Cremer in a bid to malign the international game. He further offered USD 30,000 to the cricketer Cremer, who in response reported the approach to the ICC.

“I was appalled to be approached by someone so closely connected to the game and there was no doubt in my mind that I had to report it as soon as I could,” Cremer said in ICC’s release.

Subsequently, ICC has closed the case following the acceptance of the charge as per the Article of 2.1.4.

The verdict deemed that Nayer will be away from all the cricketing activities. The release stated he could further be able to participate in cricketing related procedure after January 15, 2038.

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Graeme Cremer is a Harare-based cricketer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

According to the Article, 2.1.4 which eventually Nayer has breached- the suspension ranges from a minimum of five-year period which could be maximum of a lifetime ban.

Nayer three sanctions include the breach of ICC’s Article 2.1.3 and 2.1.1 respectively.

Rajan Nayer, Zimbabwe, ICC, Graeme Cremer, Alex Maershall
In April 2017, ICC appoints Alex Marshall as the general manager of its ACU. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The ICC’s General Manager for its Anti-Corruption Unit, Alex Marshall, stated he is satisfied with what has unfolded during the investigation in banning Rajan Nayer.

“I welcome the result of the investigation and the substantial sanction imposed upon Mr. Nayer,” Marshall said.

Marshall has further praised the effort of Cremer for remaining available throughout the investigation process while adding the cricketer has been active to witness investigation being initiated well in time. He has further hailed the efforts of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).

“I would like to place on record my thanks to Graeme Cremer, who has acted with the utmost professionalism throughout this process,” Marshall maintained.

The 31-year-old leg-spinner played 96 One-day Internationals, 29 T20Is and 19 Tests for Zimbabwe. He bagged 211 scalps after his debut in January 2005 against Bangladesh at Chittagong.

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