Bangladesh cricketer Nasir Hossain has been handed a two-year ban by the ICC for violating the Emirates Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Code. The ban comes after Hossain admitted to three charges of corruption breaches, including failing to disclose the receipt of a gift worth over $750, which was a new iPhone 12. These charges are related to attempts to corrupt matches in the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 Cricket League.
Hossain, who last played for Bangladesh in 2018, was one of eight players and officials linked with the Pune Devils franchise, all of whom were charged with corruption-related offenses. The attempts to corrupt the matches were disrupted, but charges were still brought forward.
While Hossain will be eligible to play international cricket again in April 2025, due to the suspension of six months of his two-year ban, the ICC has also flagged a number of Pune Devils coaching staff, as well as co-owners Krishan Kumar Chaudhary and Parag Sanghvi.
Chaudhary is facing charges of breaching various articles related to passing information to the relevant authorities on corrupt activities, obstructing or delaying an investigation, and failing to cooperate with investigations. Similarly, Sanghvi is accused of breaching rules related to placing bets on cricket matches and failing to cooperate with investigations.
Other individuals encountering charges include batting coach Ashar Zaidi, team manager Shadab Ahamed, and assistant coach Sunny Dhillon, all of whom are being accused of breaching rules related to corruption in cricket.
In a separate case, former West Indies star Marlon Samuels, a two-time T20 World Cup winner, received a six-year ban from the ICC in November for anti-corruption breaches. An independent anti-corruption tribunal found Samuels guilty of four offences related to corrupt behavior during the 2019 Abu Dhabi T10 Cricket League. Samuels, who was also part of the Pune Devils, is banned from participating in any professional cricket events until 2029. This is not the first time Samuels has faced corruption charges, as he was banned in 2008 for two years after being found guilty of corruption offenses.