Comical dismissals trigger ICC match-fixing investigation into UAE T20 fixture

The ICC has launched a probe into a private T20 league played in the UAE which saw freakish methods of dismissals where batsmen refused to get back into the crease to save their wickets after either dancing down to the bowlers or going after non-existent runs in the infield.

Both the ICC and the Emirates Cricket Board are attempting to distance themselves from a rogue Twenty20 tournament that featured some of the most egregious examples of supposed match-fixing the sport may have ever seen. He was involved and termed to be the kingpin of the spot-fixing scandal in England for which he was subsequently banned for five years along with fellow Pakistani teammates at that time, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.

Butt claims he was told by organisers that the no-objection certificate usually required for overseas cricket was not needed as it was a private league. The League has caught the attention of the ICC after visuals of some matches - containing some questionable dismissals and behaviour on part of the players - were aired.

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Marshall added that the ICC was talking to the players and officials about the match. Butt informed he got out first ball in his opening game and in the second he scored around 70-odd runs. "When I went there I realised it was just a badly managed street level event and it made no sense to me".

The Secretary General of Ajman Cricket Council, on the other-hand, said that the tournament wasn't sanctioned and they came to know of it only on day two.

"There is now an ICC Anti-Corruption Unit investigation underway in relation to the Ajman All-Stars League held recently in the UAE", Alex Marshall, the general manager of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit, said in a statement.

  • Lawrence Cooper