Cricket-UAE pair get eight-year bans for fixing attempts

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - United Arab Emirates (UAE) batsman Ashfaq Ahmed and pace bowler Amir Hayat have each been handed eight-year bans for breaching the anti-corruption code of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport's governing body said on Thursday.

An ICC anti-corruption tribunal backdated their bans to September last year when both players were suspended for attempting to fix matches and failing to report corrupt approaches during the T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 in the UAE.

"Both Amir and Ashfaq had played cricket at the highest level for long enough to understand the threat from match fixers," ICC anti-corruption unit chief Alex Marshall said in a statement https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/2182204.

"The two UAE players attended several ICC anti-corruption education sessions and knew how to avoid becoming involved in any corrupt activity.

"Their lengthy ban should serve as a warning to others."

The duo were found guilty of accepting bribe to "fix or to contrive in any way or otherwise to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any international match", the ICC said.

Other charges include not revealing receiving "gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit" to the governing body's anti-corruption unit.

In March, former UAE captain Mohammad Naveed and batsman Shaiman Anwar were each given eight-year bans for similar conduct breaches during the 2019 tournament.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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