Cricket Corruption: Rizvan Javed’s 17-Year Ban Rocks Abu Dhabi T10 League.

The Abu Dhabi T10 League finds itself embroiled in yet another scandal as UK-based club cricketer Rizvan Javed faces the brunt of corruption charges. Javed has been handed a staggering 17-and-a-half-year ban for numerous breaches of the Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) Anti-Corruption Code for players.

_Rizvan Javed's 17-Year Ban
Rizvan Javed’s 17-Year Ban

Rizvan Javed’s 17-Year Ban :

Javed is one among eight individuals, including players and officials, who were charged in September 2023 for suspected corrupt practices during the 2021 edition of the tournament. This latest development follows the recent two-year ban imposed by the ICC on Bangladesh cricketer Nasir Hossain after he admitted to breaching the Emirates Cricket Board’s anti-corruption regulations.

The ICC’s Code of Conduct Committee, tasked with investigating on behalf of the ECB, reached its verdict after Javed consistently failed to engage with the charges against him. Despite ample opportunities, Javed neither responded to the allegations nor appealed against them. Consequently, the committee, led by Michael J Beloff KC, Chair of the committee, was compelled to take decisive action.

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The charges against Javed, outlined in the ICC’s press release, include multiple instances of attempting to fix matches or aspects of matches in the Abu Dhabi T10 2021, offering rewards to other participants for engaging in corrupt conduct, and soliciting, inducing, or facilitating breaches of the anti-corruption code on three separate occasions. Additionally, Javed was found guilty of failing to disclose approaches to engage in corrupt conduct and of refusing to cooperate with investigations.

Javed’s suspension, which commenced on 19th September 2023 when the charges were first brought against him, will be retroactively applied from that date. This harsh penalty underscores the ICC’s unwavering commitment to stamping out corruption in cricket. While one ban alone may not eradicate the issue, Alex Marshall, ICC’s General Manager Integrity, hopes that this incident will serve as a wake-up call for professional cricketers worldwide, emphasizing the importance of integrity and ethical conduct in the sport.

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