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31 Jan 2018

ICC launches probe into suspicious UAE league cricket match

Suspicious cricket-match involving farcical run-outs and bizarre stumpings

ICC's anti-corruption unit has launched an investigation into UAE's Ajman All Stars T20 league, after video clips of dodgy batting and shocking dismissals from one of its matches went viral.

As a result, the private league was shut down just two days after its inaugural-match.

The match in question involved Dubai Star's loss to Sharjah Warriors in a comical fashion. Here are the details.

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Suspicious cricket-match involving farcical run-outs and bizarre stumpings
The match between Dubai Stars and Sharjah Warriors

What happened?

The match between Dubai Stars and Sharjah Warriors

The private league match between Dubai Stars and Sharjah Warriors, the focus of the ICC's probe, took place on 24th January 2018.

The T20 match saw Sharjah team set a modest 136 total and in reply the Dubai team were bundled out for 46.

The video footage shows batsmen appearing to throw away their wickets, with five stumpings and three run-outs.

Here's the footage from the match in question

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ICC confirms probe

Confirming the investigation, ICC said, "The ICC ACU works to uphold integrity in cricket, and in keeping with that role we are talking to players and officials and will not make any further comment at this time."

The Secretary General of Ajman Cricket Council, on the other-hand, said that the tournament wasn't sanctioned and they came to know of it only on day two.

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