The UAE wicket-keeper batsman, Gulam Shabbir has been handed a four-year ban from all forms of cricket after breaching six counts of the International Cricket Council anti-corruption code. Shabbir has accepted all the sanctions levied on him & his period of the ban will end at midnight on August 20, 2025.
Gulam Shabbir has breached Article 2.4.4 twice. He failed “to disclose to the ACU full details of attempted approaches to engage in corrupt conduct” during the series against Nepal in January-February 2019 and the series against Zimbabwe in April in the same year.
Shabbir has also breached Article 2.4.5 two times. He failed to provide the anti-corruption authorities full details of an approach received by a teammate to engage in corrupt conduct in relation to the series against Zimbabwe in April 2019”. Shabbir also failed “to disclose to the ACU full details of facts and/or incidents that he was aware of which may have evidenced corrupt conduct by other Participants.”
Gulam Shabbir was also charged for the breach of Article 2.4.5 i.e. “not cooperating with ACU’s investigations as he did not surrender his mobile devices while he did not produce documentation”. He also breached Article 2.4.7 of the ICC anti-corruption code that deals with “concealing information that may have been relevant to the investigation,”
“Shabbir played 40 matches for the UAE and was expected to understand his responsibilities as an international cricketer. He also attended at least three anti-corruption education sessions in which players were reminded of their obligations to report any approaches by corrupters,” said Alex Marshall, International Cricket Council General Manager – Integrity Unit.
“It was disappointing to note that he did not report any of the approaches. Although he was cooperative when interviewed and expressed remorse, it is only appropriate that he be banned so that a strong message goes out to other players and potential corrupters”, Marshall added.
Meanwhile, ECB acknowledged the efforts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit Investigation, findings & sanctioning involving one of its suspended players- Gulam Shabbir. “Emirates Cricket Board remains firm in its stance denouncing any activities of corruption & those undertaken by the players in this anti-corruption case”, ECB said in its statement.
“As mentioned in previous communications, now that the findings have been made final & sanctions have been laid against all players, ECB will be making no further comment on this specific case & consider the matter close”, ECB added in its statement.
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