ICC Bans the Coach Who Approached Sarfaraz for Match Fixing

Former Sharjah-based cricket coach, Irfan Ansari has been banned from all forms of cricket-related activities for 10 years for approaching Sarfaraz Ahmed to engage him in corrupt conduct.

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Tribunal declared the verdict against Ansari following the hearing. The guilty man breached three clauses of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, including Article 2.3.3, Article 2.4.6 and Article 2.4.6, during Sri Lanka tour to the United Arab Emirates in 2017.

Article 2.3.3 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a participant to breach the Code 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.

Following the series, Pakistani captain reported the approach to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), following which the ICC was informed and subsequent investigations were carried out by the cricket’s regulatory body.

ICC General Manager, Alex Marshall, was all praise for Safaraz Ahmed for displaying true professionalism.

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.

He vowed to ‘continue the efforts to rid the game of corrupters’.

The banned cricket coach had been associated with Sharjah Cricket Council for the past three decades.

Feature Writer


  • Great Sarfaraz, Good Luck. But you should have to do some more best performance to Pakistan Team as a Captain especially in ICC WC 2019.


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