Match-fixing? ICC probes All Stars T20 League, seeks information

Lawrence Cooper
February 1, 2018

The match was a part of "Ajman All Stars League".

The ICC is launching a probe into possible match-fixing after freakish footage was posted from the UAE's T20 league. Sharjah Warriors set a target of 136 runs to win to Dubai Star's but they were bowled out for just 46.

Following this, ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit chief Alex Marshall confirmed Wednesday that a probe was initiated by issuing a statement.

The ICC has launched a probe into a private T20 league played in the UAE which saw freaky 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.

In this short two-minute comic video, one can see how the Dubai Bulls' batsmen are being dismissed in a silly manner.

Footage emerged on YouTube, highlighting the freaky nature of the dismissals.

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The rest of the footage, which has understandably gone viral, shows batsmen taking singles straight to fielders and nearly comical mix-ups where both batsmen end up standing in the middle of the pitch with no idea what to do next. In fact, his effort jogging off the ground at a reasonable clip was more than he made to get back into the crease.

The game's governing body in the UAE say the Ajman All Stars League, a Twenty20 event that involved locally based players, as well as overseas players from the subcontinent, was not sanctioned by either them or the ICC.

The cricket match has come under the spotlight of International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) for alleged "irregular activities".

The investigation was officially launched after the video posted to YouTube began to go viral within the cricket community.

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The match remained under investigation.

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