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Cricket news - Irfan Ansari cops ten-year ban

Irfan Ansari, a Sharjah-based cricket coach, has been banned from all cricketing activities for ten years

Irfan Ansari, a Sharjah-based cricket coach, has been banned from all cricketing activities for ten years, the ICC announced on Wednesday (February 20), after he was found guilty by the ICC's Anti-Corruption Tribunal of breaching three counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed had reported being approached by Ansari during Pakistan's series against Sri Lanka in the UAE in October 2017 to solicit information from him. Sarfraz, however, had reported the approach immediately, subsequent to which, an ICC ACU investigation began resulting in the decision and charges.

Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager - ACU said: "I'd like to place on record my thanks to Sarfaraz Ahmed who showed true leadership and professionalism from the moment he reported this approach. He recognised it for what it was, rejected it and reported it. He then supported our investigation and subsequent tribunal.

"This is the first time we have prosecuted for failure to cooperate with an investigation since the new rules enabling us to demand the participants hand over their phone for examination and the sanction reflects the seriousness of the offence. It is an important tool to aid our investigations and continue in our efforts to rid the sport of these corrupters."

Ansari was found guilty of the following offences under the Code, an ICC release stated:

- Article 2.3.3 - directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a participant to breach the Code Article 2.3.2 by disclosing inside information.

- Article 2.4.6 - failure or refusal to cooperate with the ACU's investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely the information and / or documentation requested by the ACU in October 2017. This included a request by the ICC ACU to take possession of and/or copy or download information from his mobile devices.

- Article 2.4.6 - failure or refusal to cooperate with the ACU's investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely the information and / or documentation requested by the ACU in February 2018. Again this included a request by the ICC ACU to take possession of and/or copy or download information from his mobile devices.

The release also stated: Ansari was "bound by the code as a result of his affiliation to the Pakistan cricket team and also as a result of being a coach to two teams that participate in domestic matches in the UAE."

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