ICC to continue investigation into Ajman All Stars

The International Cricket Council have indicated that they will continue their investigation into the allegedly corrupt Ajman All Stars league.

The tournament, staged in the UAE, grabbed headlines when footage of several absurd and suspect dismissals began circulating on social media.

The ICC and the Emirates Cricket Board are limited in what they are able to do as the event was sanctioned by neither body.

Member boards whose players took part in the event have also been urged to investigate whether those players have breached existing contracts, agreements or codes of conduct,

ICC General Manager – Anti-Corruption Alex Marshall said: “The event was not approved or in any way sanctioned by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and therefore neither the ECB nor the ICC has authority to take action under cricket’s anti-corruption rules against anybody who may have engaged in any corrupt practice.

“However after speaking to a number of those involved we consider there to be strong evidence to indicate this was a corrupt event and damaging to the wider reputation of cricket and as such will continue the investigation. Our ongoing enquiries will now focus on identifying the organisers of the tournament to prevent similar incidents occurring elsewhere and to disrupt corrupt practices wherever we can.

“In addition, all Member Boards whose players have participated in this event will be asked to consider whether by doing so, those players are in breach of any other applicable rules, including those that prohibit participation in unsanctioned cricket, and if so for disciplinary action to be taken against them.”

The ICC have asked that anyone with further information contact the anti-corruption unit by emailing contactacu@icc-cricket.com.