ICC bans a cricket official for 20 years over recent allegations

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ICC hand 20-year ban to Rajan Nayer for match-fixing

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SportsCafe Desk

03/27/2018

The International Cricket Council have announced their judgement over former Zimbabwe Cricket official Rajan Nayer’s involvement in match-fixing and suspended him for 20 years from all cricketing activity. He had approached Zimbabwean skipper Graeme Cremer to fix the game against Windies in 2017.

The ICC completed the investigation for the fixing allegation against Nayer and found him guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and in a press release, the governing body of the sport revealed their verdict.

Nayer, who is also working as the MD and Treasurer of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association, has also accepted the charges that were put against his name for violating the Article 2.1.1, 2.1.3, and 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct. As per the rule, he has been charged for 'being party to an effort to fix', 'offering a player US $30,000 to fix' and 'directly solicited, induced, enticed or encouraged a player' for match fixing.

Last year, during Zimbabwe’s home series against the Windies, Nayer had approached Zimbabwe skipper Cremer to change the result of the match and upon the investigation, he has been found guilty of the same. Nayer accepted the charge of 2.1.4, but the punishment will be backdated to January 16, 2018, and will end on January 16, 2038.

"I welcome the result of the investigation and the substantial sanction imposed upon Mr. Nayer. It is important that the seriousness of his offences were reflected in the length of ban. I would like to place on record my thanks to Graeme Cremer, who has acted with the utmost professionalism throughout this process. Immediately after he received the approach from Mr. Nayer he reported it to the ICC and we were able to get an investigation underway swiftly,” Alex Marshall, General Manager of ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit, said in a press release as quoted by Cricbuzz.

Marshall has also thanked Zimbabwe skipper Cremer for informing the ICC about the fixing approach and for helping the anti-corruption team throughout.

"I would also like to extend my thanks to Zimbabwe Cricket with whom we have worked closely throughout the investigation."

Speaking about the incident, Cremer, who didn’t waste his time in informing the officials, stated that such issues like fixing should be removed from the game of cricket and also requested all the players to report to the ICC if they get approached by someone.

"I was appalled to be approached by someone so closely connected to the game and there was no doubt in my mind that I had to report it as soon as I could. We receive education around this which you never expect to have to use, but it certainly helped when it came to knowing what to do," Cremer said.

"I think it is important that corrupters receive strong sanctions as it sends out a message to others who might consider getting involved. For any cricketer who might find themselves in my position, my message is really simple - report it. The ICC will take any report seriously and will deal with you professionally and with respect. If we are to kick corruption out of the game, we must all play our part."

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