June 03, 1987
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Right arm Medium
Former UAE captain Mohammad Naveed was once remembered for being the catalyst of one of UAE's most famous victories, denying Zimbabwe a place in the 2019 World Cup with a brilliant yorker-laced death bowling spell to secure a dramatic three-run win at Harare that broke the hearts of home fans at the Qualifier tournament in March 2018. But 18 months later, those happy memories were virtually erased after Naveed's career effectively ended in disgrace when he was suspended, and later slapped with an eight-year ban by the ICC, for his involvement in a corruption scandal that also snared UAE batting star Shaiman Anwar.
As a budding cricketer, Naveed used to complete a six-hour roundtrip commute from Fujairah to Dubai and back in order to attend net and training sessions after having migrated from Pakistan in 2006. A raw fast bowler, he had pace, but little technique or accuracy, and a great deal of hard work was required before he forced his way into contention for the national side following a transition to leather ball cricket from the far more popular tape-ball leagues he had played while growing up in Pakistan and continuing after his arrival in the UAE.
His first tour with the full side was to the Netherlands for the World Cricket League in 2012, and his first-class debut followed less than a year later against Ireland. By 2015, he was taking the new ball for the UAE in that year's World Cup in Australia. In a nod to his somewhat offbeat personality, he stated that one of his biggest ambitions during the World Cup was to hit Dale Steyn for six. True to his word, he achieved it in near comical fashion - it was UAE's only six of the match - to bring a silver lining to a 146-run loss to South Africa during a campaign in which UAE finished winless.
With UAE at risk of losing their ODI status - and the funding that supplied their central contracts with it - at 2018 WCL Division Two in Namibia, Naveed produced a vintage death spell full of yorkers honed in his tape-ball days to claim 3 for 8 in 6.5 overs defending a total of 159 against Oman. A win two days later against hosts Namibia meant UAE could breathe a sigh of relief, securing one of two spots at the World Cup Qualifier a month later in Zimbabwe where Naveed would have his finest moment in a UAE uniform.
After then captain Rohan Mustafa ran afoul of UAE management and was sacked for a social media outburst critical of ground facilities during a tour of Pakistan in December 2018, Naveed was named UAE captain in January 2019. But his tenure was marred by underwhelming results, especially at home where UAE lost series to Nepal and USA before being swept in a four-match ODI series away by Zimbabwe. His only triumph in charge came in a three-match ODI series sweep of a depleted Netherlands side at Amstelveen in August 2019.
However, his subpar win-loss record as captain paled in comparison to his role in the corruption scandal that unfolded months later on the eve of the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifier hosted by the UAE. Two days before UAE's tournament opener against Oman, Naveed was suspended along with Anwar and Qadeer Ahmed, and slapped with several anti-corruption charges over allegations that they were trying to corrupt games during the T20 World Cup Qualifier as well as the UAE T10 League to be held later that year.
Naveed initially admitted in the days afterward that he was at fault for failing to report a corrupt approach to the ICC. But by the time the investigation concluded in January 2021, Naveed was found guilty of multiple corruption charges. According to evidence presented by the ICC ACU, Naveed had negotiated a fee of approximately US$272,000 if he was able to fix results or sessions in three of UAE's matches during the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifier.
The eight-year ban handed down means that Naveed would not be eligible to play for UAE again until he is 40 years old, effectively ending what should have been one of UAE's most prolific careers. At the time that he was suspended and eventually banned, not only was he the UAE captain but also the country's highest wicket taker in both ODIs and T20Is. But the bulk of his prime years, and his reputation, were soon lost.
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