United Arab Emirates coach suspended over spot fixing offer

Vastavam web: United Arab Emirates based coach Irfan Ansari was suspended following allegations from Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed that he was approached to participate in a spot fixing scheme, Crickcet’s administrative body said today.The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Ansari was charged with three counts of breaching the body’s anti-corruption code.

“Ansari has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect and has been charged for directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a participant to breach the code and for failure or refusal to cooperate with the anti-corruption unit’s investigation,” said an ICC release.The charges centre on Sarfraz’s admission to the Pakistan Cricket Board and the ICC that Ansari had approached him about spot fixing during the one-day series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE last October.

Spot-fixing involves determining the outcome of a specific part of a match rather than the overall result, and is therefore harder to detect than match-fixing.
The PCB took extra measures to stem spot-fixing, with all six teams in this year’s league monitored by anti-corruption officers.Pakistan has a history of fixing cases, the latest being last year’s scandal which rocked the Pakistan Super League held in UAE.A spot-fixing case during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010 ended in five-year bans on then Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.