UAE players Shaiman Anwar and Mohammad Naveed given eight-year bans for anti-corruption breaches

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United Arab Emirates players Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar have been banned from all cricket for eight years after being found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code. The bans are backdated to October 2019, when the pair were provisionally suspended for attempting to corrupt matches of the Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier in the UAE.

“Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar represented their adopted country, the UAE, at the highest level in cricket.” Alex Marshall, the ICC’s general manager for integrity, said.  “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 team-mates, and all supporters of UAE cricket,” he added. “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.”

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