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ICC investigates corruption at Qatar T10 league
After Karnataka Premier League was involved in the match-fixing scam, the International Cricket Council asked the anti-corruption bureau to start investigations on the recently-concluded Qatar T10 League

ICC investigates corruption at Qatar T10 league

Of late, the franchise cricket tournaments have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. After Karnataka Premier League was involved in the match-fixing scam, the International Cricket Council asked the anti-corruption bureau to start investigations on the recently-concluded Qatar T10 League.

The International Cricket Council has confirmed that there are investigations going on in the Qatar T10 League after the “interception of several known corruptors” in the league. It also confirmed that they were able to “disrupt corrupt activities” planned in the league.

The tournament, which concluded on December 16 had international players from South Africa, India and Pakistan in participation. The ICC, which had sanctioned the tournament revealed that they were forced to investigate more after the tournament was underway.

Other prominent players to compete in the league apart from Amla were Pakistan discards Kamran Akmal, Mohammed Hafeez, and Sohail Tanveer.

The International Cricket Council is investigating betting-linked corruption at the Qatar T10 league, which took place this month in Doha.

ESPN Cricinfo reported that the council said it had “intercepted a number of known corruptors both in Qatar and globally and disrupted planned corrupt activity at the event”.

The organization’s Anti-Corruption Unit was engaged by the league’s organizers after a large number of changes occurred in team ownership in the days before the league started on December 7. Some betting companies stopped taking bets on the league during the competition without providing any explanation of why.

Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC Integrity Unit, said: “The ICC sanctioned this event 12 months ago based on the sound information provided by the organizers.

The ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit was working with the organizers to monitor the league since its inception. The inaugural edition of the Qatar T10 League, 10-over format tournament organized by the Qatar Cricket Association was held from December 7 to 16 this year.

“However, substantial changes to both team ownership and the organizers just days prior to the event getting underway rang alarm bells for us, and we applied additional investigative resources on the ground to address our concerns.

“As a result, we have intercepted a number of known corruptors both in Qatar and globally and disrupted planned corrupt activity at the event. This has given rise to a number of new investigations for the ICC ACU team as we continue in our efforts to ensure cricket is a corruption-free sport.”

This year’s competition was the inaugural edition. It is reported that it was organized by the Qatar Cricket Association and involved six teams, with 24 international cricketers, 12 players from associate ICC countries, Qatari national team players and other local players. The final took place on December 16.

Kumar Sangakkara will lead a Marylebone Cricket Club side on their tour of Lahore in February to help Pakistan in their bid to convince touring sides to return to play test cricket in the country, the club said.

Former Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara, who took over as the first non-British president of the MCC in October in a one-year post, said he was excited to lead the club side in Pakistan.

MCC works closely with world governing body International Cricket Council and undertakes overseas tours, where they play exhibition matches to help in the development of the game.

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