The International Cricket Council (ICC) is investigating allegations of corruption that took place at the Abu Dhabi T10 competition, featuring cricket stars from around the world.
The ICC’s anti-corruption unit received more than a dozen reports of suspicious activity at the tournament, with six of those considered serious enough to warrant formal investigations.
The investigation focuses on the high level of betting activity during the event, with around £15m wagered on exchanges.
The competition was heavily funded by bookies and the bookies were highly visible. The ICC also received reports of questionable activity around the teams, including franchise owners dictating batting and bowling orders in advance and players being dismissed at short notice.
English players Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Alex Hales and Dawid Malan, as well as Pakistani players Ammad Butt, Mohammad Amir, Iftikhar Ahmad, Azam Khan, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan, were also part of the league. However, there is no indication that any of the charges involve Pakistani or English players.
It has also been reported that some of the England internationals who took part in the tournament are yet to receive the final payment of their fees, which range from £10,000 to £50,000. This has raised questions about the credibility of the Abu Dhabi T10 Championship and concerns about possible corruption in the sport.