International Cricket Council, ICC has declared the eight-year ban on cricketers Mohammed Naveed and Shaiman Anwar Butt. Both the cricketers belong to the United Arab Emirates and the charges go back to 2019. Mohammed Naveed and Butt have been punished for their alleged role in trying to fix matches in the T20 World Cup qualifier round in 2019.
The ban on both the players dates back to October 16, 2019. At this time, the cricketers were provisionally suspended on the charges of attempting to corrupt the game and were also found guilty of breaching the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code.
Naveed, who is 33 years old, is the former captain of the UAE. He is a right-arm pacer and has played 39 ODIs and 3`1 T20I matches for his country. On the other hand, Butt has the experience of playing 40 ODIs and 32 T20I matches. Both the cricketers hold an important place in the field of cricket for their country.
“REPRESENTED THEIR ADOPTED COUNTRY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN CRICKET”
Alex Marshall, General Manager of ICC also recognized this fact. He said that Naveed and Butt have “represented their adopted country, the UAE at the highest level in cricket.” He recalled the length of their careers and said that they had long careers and had the chance to get completely acquainted with the threat that match-fixers bring to the game. Thus, both the players deserve the punishment that they have received.
“IT WAS A “CYNICAL BETRYAL.”
According to Alex Marshall Naveed and Butt “chose to engage with this corrupt activity”. It wasn’t an innocent act but a “cynical betrayal” as per Marshall. Both the cricketers put themselves in a compromising situation and along with that betrayed the teammates and all the supporters of UAE cricket.
Naveed and Butt have been found guilty under Articles 2.1.1 and 2.4.4. 2.1.1 refrains a cricketer from being a party to an agreement or effort to fix or influence the result, progress, conduct, or other aspects of a match or matches at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
THESE BANS ARE WARNINGS.
Article 2.4.4 finds a player guilty if one fails to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches on invitations received to engage in corrupt conduct.
Marshall has expressed his happiness over the fact that both the accused have been given significant sanctions. As per the ICC General Manager, these bans would “serve as a warning to any cricketer who considers taking the wrong path.”