Cricket coach Irfan Ansari has been banned for 10 years from the sport for making an illicit approach to Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.
The ICC praised Sarfaraz for his “true leadership” in reporting the approach by his compatriot, the United Arab Emirates-based Ansari, during the Pakistan v Sri Lanka ODI series in 2017.
The ICC also hailed what they said is the first time someone has been prosecuted for non-cooperation with an enquiry — Ansari refused on two occasions to testify to the ICC’s anti-corruption body.
Ansari, who coached Sharjah, contacted Sarfaraz wishing to induce him into corrupt conduct by extracting information from him on the series which was being played in the UAE. Sarfaraz, though, reported Ansari immediately.
Ansari is bound by the ICC anti-corruption code as a result of both his affiliation to the Pakistan cricket team and being a coach to two teams that participate in domestic matches in the UAE.
He was found guilty of the three offences under the code.
“I would like to place on record my thanks to Sarfaraz Ahmed who showed true leadership and professionalism from the moment he reported this approach,” said ICC general manager Alex Marshall. “He recognised it for what it was, rejected it and reported it. He then supported our investigation and subsequent tribunal.”
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.