Corruption in cricket

A familiar failing

A timeline of the recent corruption cases in cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 16, 2013

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Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt leave after attending the hearing, Doha, 11 January, 2011
The Lord's no-ball incident: cricket's highest-profile spot-fixing case © AFP
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May 2008: West Indies' Marlon Samuels gets two-year ban
Marlon Samuels is found guilty by the West Indies board's disciplinary committee of breaching the ICC's Code of Conduct relating to "receiving money, or benefit or other reward that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute". The incident occurred in February 2007, when Samuels was allegedly caught on tape by the Indian police for passing on match-related information to an Indian bookie, Mukesh Kochar, during West Indies' one-day series in India, and later approaching him to pay a hotel bill.

November 2011: Pakistan's trio are found guilty of spot-fixing
Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are found guilty, at Southwark Crown Court in London, of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments over deliberate no-balls bowled during the Lord's Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010. While Butt and Asif denied the charges, Amir had pleaded guilty. Butt received a two-and-a-half-year jail sentence, Asif a one-year sentence and Amir, six months. The trio also received ICC bans: Butt received a ten-year ban (five years suspended), Asif received a seven-year ban (two years suspended), and Amir got five years. Later, Butt and Asif appealed against their bans in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but the appeals were rejected.

June 2012: the Kaneria-Westfield case
Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria is handed a life ban by an ECB disciplinary panel, after being found guilty of inducing Essex seamer Mervyn Westfield to under-perform and of bringing the game into disrepute. In January that year, Westfield became the first English cricketer to be convicted of spot-fixing after pleading guilty at London's central criminal court, to criminal charges arising from a spot-fixing investigation by Essex police. Later Kaneria appeals against his conviction, but his appeal is dismissed. The appeal against his sentencing, the life ban, is pending. Kaneria was barred from playing any official cricket in Pakistan (and anywhere else, subject to an ICC agreement) pending the outcome of his appeal against the ban.

June 2012: five banned for corruption in Indian domestic cricket
Five Indian domestic players are banned - Shalabh Srivastava (five years), TP Sudhindra (life ban), Mohnish Mishra (one year), Amit Yadav (one year), Abhinav Bali (one year) - by the BCCI's disciplinary committee on allegations of corruption. The BCCI announces the penalties after studying a report on the allegations, which had arisen after a sting by an Indian television channel had alluded to the five being involved in match-fixing and negotiating for extra, illegal pay.

March-April 2013: umpires banned by Bangladesh and Pakistan
On March 18, Nadir Shah, a Bangladesh umpire, is handed a ten-year ban by the BCB following an investigation on charges of corruption alleged by a TV sting operation in 2012. On April 13, another umpire named in the sting operation, Pakistan's Nadeem Ghauri, is handed a four-year by the PCB after its integrity committee finds him guilty of being willing to accept money for favourable umpiring decisions. His colleague Anis Siddiqi is banned for three years. Sri Lanka Cricket is also investigating the allegations of the sting.

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