United Arab Emirates are slowly making their entry into mainstream international cricket but a recent incident involving their wicketkeeper Ghulam Shabber has provided a big blow to their start. UAE Wicket Keeper Ghulam Shabber has been found guilty of breaching ICC’s anti-corruption code not once but on six different occasions and he has therefore been banned from all formats of cricket for a term of 4 years, i.e, upto 2025. He will next be able to play in August 2025 but as he is currently 35 years old, it is highly unlikely that he can ever return to the national team.
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The incident that lead to all this, tends back to 2019 when UAE were playing a series against Nepal in January and against Zimbabwe in April. It was rumoured that he had been approached by a betting circuit but on being asked details about the same, he was not ready to disclose the full information. Nor was he ready to surrender his mobile devices.
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The decision was made official by ICC general manager Alex Marshall (Integrity Unit). He said, “[He] was expected to understand his responsibilities as an international cricketer. He attended at least three anti-corruption education sessions in which players were reminded of their obligations to report any approaches by corrupters.
“It was disappointing to note that he did not report any of the approaches. Although he was cooperative when interviewed and expressed remorse, it is only appropriate that he be banned so that a strong message goes out to other players and potential corrupters.”