UAE skipper Naveed apologetic as ICC hands three players corruption charges

By Sports Desk October 17, 2019

Captain Mohammad Naveed is one of three United Arab Emirates internationals who have been provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following alleged multiple breaches of its anti-corruption rules.

Naveed has been charged with two breaches of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Code, including "contriving, or being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of matches in the upcoming ICC World T20 Qualifiers".

His other charge relates to the failure to disclose details of "any approaches or invitations received" that "would amount to corrupt conduct". Both of those charges have also been levelled at fellow UAE international Shaiman Anwar.

A similar two charges for breaches of the Emirates Cricket Board's [ECB] code have been handed to Naveed in relation to the T10 League.

Bowler Qadeer Ahmed has been charged with six breaches of ICC laws, one of which relates to him "disclosing inside information [...] where he knew or should have known that the information might be used for betting purposes".

The players have 14 days to respond to the charges.

In addition, Mehardeep Chhayakar, described by the ICC as a "participant in cricket from Ajman", was also charged with one breach of the ICC code for "failing or refusing to cooperate with an investigation". 

The announcement came just two days before UAE host the 14-team qualifying tournament for next year’s ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

Naveed, 32, was apologetic for his actions.

"I am very since about my game. I am very sincere about my career," he told The National.

"Now this has happened I feel guilty. Why did I not talk to the board? Why did I not talk to the ICC? It's my mistake and I feel guilty.

"My family and friends are let down. Everybody is let down. This was my mistake."

A statement from The Emirates Cricket Board said: "The board fully supports the ICC and the ICC anti-corruption unit in their efforts and denounces any activities of corruption.

"The board will wait for the conclusion of proceedings before making further comment."

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