ICC launches Anti-Corruption Unit investigation against private league in UAE
Match fixing is the lowest a sport can stoop to. It ruins the entire essence of the game and the million viewers glued to the TV sets to see their team win. After a similar situation in a private league in UAE, The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that an Anti-Corruption Unit investigation has begun in relation to the tournament.
The Ajman All Stars League was held in UAE recently and a game between Dubai Stars and Sharjah Warriors showed firsthand a case of throwing a game away. The entire Dubai Stars team folded their innings for 46 runs and batsmen can be seen throwing their wickets away courtesy to bizarre run-outs and shocking dismissals.
Speaking about the issue ICC general manager - Anti-Corruption, Alex Marshall said, "There is currently an ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) investigation underway in relation to the Ajman All Stars League held recently in Ajman, UAE. The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit works to uphold integrity in Cricket and in keeping with that role we are talking to players and officials and will not make any further comment at this time."
According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, the tournament has been called off after the local cricket authorities refused to allow its conduct. "The tournament wasn't approved and we only came to know about the activity on day two. There are procedures and when my staff asked them to go by the rulebook, they dispersed and never came back again. Meanwhile, we found the Ajman Oval breaching the code more than once and hence we have suspended their affiliation. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption and are cooperating with the ICC in their ongoing investigation," said the general secretary of the Ajman Cricket Council Shaji Ul Mulk.
However, Cricket in the UAE is regulated by the Emirates Cricket Board which has no connections with the private league.