Mehar Chhayakar suspended for 14 years for corruption

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Mehar Chhayakar, an Indian cricketer formerly based in the United Arab Emirates who was linked to corruption cases in the Middle Eastern country in 2019, was banned from all cricketing for 14 years for seven breaches of the UAE’s anti-corruption code. sport, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.

The ICC anti-corruption tribunal found Chhayakar guilty of attempting to influence certain aspects of the UAE’s ODI series in Zimbabwe in 2019 as well as matches of the Global T20 franchise tournament in Canada the same year. The ICC released a statement on Wednesday saying, “Mehar Chhayakar has been banned from all cricket for 14 years after an ICC anti-corruption tribunal found him guilty of seven breaches of the ICC’s anti-corruption codes and Canadian Cricket. The ICC also listed the charges against the cricketer, with the world governing body for cricket claiming he was involved in ‘the repair or manipulation in any way or improper influence’ at two times.

“Chhayakar has breached the following provisions of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and the Cricket Canada Anti-Corruption Code in relation to the Zimbabwe Series matches against the United Arab Emirates in April 2019 and the GT20 matches in Canada in 2019,” CCI said. “Section 2.1.1 (twice) – rigging or otherwise interfering with or inappropriately influencing or being party to any agreement or effort to rig or otherwise interfere with or improperly influence the outcome, progress, conduct or any other aspect of an international match, including (without limitation) willfully underperforming therein.

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“Section 2.1.4 (twice) — Soliciting, inducing, inducing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally assisting any Participant to breach any of the foregoing provisions of this Section 2.1, directly or indirectly. “Article 2.4.6 (on two separate occasions) – Failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate in any investigation by the ACU of possible Corrupt Conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code (by any Participant), including (without limitation) failure to provide in an accurate and complete manner any information and/or documentation requested by UCA (whether as part of a formal request pursuant to Article 4.3 or otherwise) in such an investigation.

“Article 2.4.7 – Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be conducted by the ACU into possible corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code (by any Participant), including (without limitation) concealing, tampering with or destruction of any documentation or other information which may be relevant to this investigation and/or which may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt behavior under the Anti-Corruption Code). »

ICC Integrity Unit Director General Alex Marshal said: “We first met Mehar Chhayakar through his involvement in organizing a corrupt cricket tournament in Ajman, 2018. The charges for which he has now received a lengthy ban are further examples of his prosecution. efforts to corrupt and harm our sport.

“We will be relentless in prosecuting and disrupting those who attempt to corrupt cricket. With a 14-year ban, the Tribunal has sent a clear message to anyone who intends to corrupt our game.” Chhayakar’s offenses are linked to previous cases of former UAE players Qadeer Khan and Gulam Shabbir. Both Qadeer and Shabbir have accepted sanctions for known breaches of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code regarding the representations they received from Chhayakar.

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