UAE cricketer Ghulam Shabber 'is part of the ICC anti-corruption probe'
Ghulam Shabber left the UAE team midway in the tournament on October 21 and travelled to Pakistan. He has been suspended by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for leaving the team without permission.
UAE has failed to qualify for the next year's T20 World Cup in Australia but the team from Arabian Peninsula finds itself embroiled in the corruption scandal. The 33-year-old is a native Pakistani and has represented UAE in 23 One Day Internationals and 17 T20 Internationals.
The wicketkeeper-batsman played two matches of the qualifier and then left the team under mysterious circumstances.
Prior to Ghulam's incident, Mohammed Naveed, Shaiman Anwar, Qadeer Ahmed, and Ashfaq Ahmed have been already suspended for their involvement in foul-play.
The ICC announced on Monday that Ghulam had been suspended by the ECB for leaving the team without informing.
“The ECB has today confirmed the board has suspended UAE player Ghulam Shabber for absconding,” the board stated in a statement yesterday.
“The board also confirms he is part of the ongoing ICC anti-corruption investigation.”
There are reports that Ghulam is willing to cooperate with the investigation committee and has also decided to retire from cricket.
“If there is something with regards to anti-corruption, I am ready to cooperate in Pakistan,” he remarked.
“But I have decided cricket is not in my future. I have left cricket behind, and want to move on with my life with my family," he told The National.
UAE team management was in a quandary as they kept losing their main players in the crucial qualifier and that took a blow to the team's chances in the tournament. The bizarre incidents left only 13 players in the squad.
“No formal charges have been laid against the player at this stage,” the ECB statement mentioned.
“The board fully supports the ICC and the ICC anti-corruption unit in their efforts, and denounces any activities of corruption.”
Shaiman hasn't yet responded to the charges levelled against him while his compatriots Naveed and Qadeer have decided to challenge some of the accusations on them for allegedly abrogating ICC anti-corruption code.
Both players have confessed to not reporting suspect approaches promptly to the authorities which was also the offence that led to Shakib Al Hasan two year ban sentence a few days ago.