Last week, the ICC had banned two UAE players Ashfaq Ahmed and Amir Hayat for breaching the Anti-Corruption code. However, the batsman Ashfaq Ahmed has stood up to deny all the allegations on him, resulting in his ban from international cricket.
The ICC had also banned pacer Amir Hayat for breaching the anti-corruption code five times during the 2019 T20 World Cup qualifier.
But Ahmed has affirmed that he has been charged unnecessarily as he said, “I have done absolutely nothing wrong. The UAE was my second home [after Pakistan]. I’m forever grateful to the country that gave me so much – an opportunity to play at the highest level, the means to earn a living and, most importantly, respect. And that is why I cannot imagine compromising everything I have earned to do something like this.”
The ICC charged them for attempting to determining the result of an international game. Later, they also failed to disclose the details of the suspective activities related to the corruption charges.
Ashfaq said that he encountered a woman during a domestic match in Ajman who approached him after the game. He said that the woman was planning to acquire a franchise in the T10 League and was looking to hire players.
“I didn’t know what to say, because I didn’t make anything of it and walked away,” Ashfaq said. “One day I received a message from someone, just saying ‘hi’. I saved the number on my phone to check the profile of the person. The profile photo was of the woman who had come up and spoken to me in Ajman. But that was the end of that.”
The Emirates Cricket Board and the ICC are yet to revert on his clarification as the ban continues to stay on him and Amir Hayat.