Mehar Chhayakar, the man linked to the corruption cases involving UAE cricketers in 2019
, has been banned from all cricket for 14 years after an ICC tribunal found him guilty of seven breaches of the ICC and Cricket Canada anti-corruption codes.
The offences for which Chhayakar was banned relate to matches during the Zimbabwe vs UAE series
in April 2019, and the Global T20 Canada in 2019. “Mr Chhayakar’s offences are linked to the previous cases of former UAE players Qadeer Khan and Gulam Shabbir,” the ICC said.”Both Qadeer and Shabbir accepted sanctions for admitted breaches of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code relating to approaches they received from Mr Chhayakar.”
According to the ICC, Chhayakar had breached the following provisions of the ICC and Cricket Canada anti-corruption codes:
Article 2.1.4 (on two separate occasions) – Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any participant to breach any of the foregoing provisions of this Article 2.1. Article 2.4.6 (on two separate occasions) – Failing or refusing, without compelling justification, to cooperation with any investigation carried out by the ACU in relation to possible corrupt conduct under the anti-corruption code (by any participant), including (without limitation) failing to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU (whether as part of a formal demand pursuant to Article 4.3 or otherwise) as part of such investigation. Article 2.4.7 – Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU in relation to possible corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code (by any participant), including (without limitation) concealing, tampering with or destroying documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence of or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code)”.
- Article 2.1.1 (on two separate occasions) – Fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive in any way or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any international match, including (without limitation) by deliberately underperforming therein.
“We first encountered Mehar Chhayakar through his involvement in organising a corrupt cricket tournament in Ajman, in 2018,” Alex Marshal, ICC general manager – integrity unit said in a statement. “The charges for which he has now received a lengthy ban are further examples of his continuing efforts to corrupt and damage our sport.. With a ban of 14 years, the tribunal has sent a clear message to anyone intending to corrupt our game.”