The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has banner former Sussex and Pakistan ‘A’ cricketer Naveed Arif Gondal from cricket for life after he admitted breaching the ECB’s anti-corruption code.
Having been charged by the ECB last month, Arif pleaded guilty to six breaches of the code, all of which related to match-fixing in connection with the Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture between Sussex and Kent at Hove in August 2011.
His admissions were made in tape-recorded interviews with the ECB’s anti-corruption unit and via signed statements.
In accordance with the provisions of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code, Arif has accepted an agreed sanction of a life ban from all forms of cricket.
The terms of the ban will prevent him from playing, coaching or participating in any form of cricket which is recognised or sanctioned by ECB, the ICC (International Cricket Council) or any other National Cricket Federation.
Arif, 32, had been playing for Little Stoke in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League prior to the temporary suspension which was imposed in April 2014.
ECB chief executive David Collier said: “Today’s announcement sends out a very clear message that ECB has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket and that it will root out and punish those who pose a threat to the game’s integrity.
“We thank the anti-corruption team for their work in bringing this case and trust that it will serve as a stark reminder to all players of the dangers that corrupt activities pose to their careers and livelihoods.”
Meanwhile, former Bangladesh captain Mohammed Ashraful was yesterday banned from cricket for eight years for match-fixing. The 29 year-old was found guilty by a Bangladesh Cricket Board tribunal of four charges of fixing matches during last year’s Bangladesh Premier League season.
Shihab Jishan, the managing director of BPL champions Dhaka Gladiators, was banned for ten years for his involvement in trying to fix a match.
Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent was also banned for three years for failing to inform authorities that he was approached to fix games in BPL matches, while Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Lokuarachchi received 18 months for the same offence.
Vincent, a former Sussex player alongside Arif, was also charged last month by the ECB with 15 offences under the anti-corruption code, which arose during the same game in which Arif was involved, as well as a Twenty20 game against Lancashire. He is currently co-operating with cricket authorities, providing evidence to the ICC of match-fixing involving a number of games across the world between 2008 and 2012.