Mohammed Naveed and Shaiman Anwar have both been banned for eight years from all forms of cricket after they were found guilty of match-fixing attempts at a T20 World Cup qualifying tournament.
The incidents date back to 2019 when the players were originally suspended before being found guilty for breaching the ICC anti-corruption code.
A hearing by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal found Naveed and Anwar were guilty on two charges for efforts to illegally influence a result and failing to report approaches by outside parties:
‘Article 2.1.1 – for being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect[s] of a match or matches at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
‘Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.’
ICC general manager: integrity unit Alex Marshall said: ‘Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar represented their adopted country, the UAE, at the highest level in cricket.
‘Naveed was the captain and leading wicket-taker. Anwar was the opening bat. Both had long international careers and were well versed in the threat from match fixers. That they both chose to engage with this corrupt activity was a cynical betrayal of their positions, their teammates, and all supporters of UAE cricket.
‘I am pleased that the independent tribunal has imposed significant bans from all forms of cricket and this should serve as a warning to any cricketer who considers taking the wrong path.’