Karachi - United Arab Emirates based coach Irfan Ansari was
suspended following allegations from Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed that he
was approached to participate in a spot fixing scheme, Crickcet's
administrative body said on Thursday.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Ansari was
charged with three counts of breaching the body's anti-corruption code.
"Ansari has been provisionally suspended with immediate
effect and has been charged for directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or
encouraging a participant to breach the code and for failure or refusal to
cooperate with the anti-corruption unit's investigation," said an ICC
Ansari, who is originally from Pakistan, has coached a
number of small professional clubs in the UAE for years.
The ICC said the suspension comes after Ansari failed to
provide requested information to group's anti-corruption wing on two separate
The charges centre on Sarfraz's admission to the Pakistan
Cricket Board and the ICC that Ansari had approached him about spot fixing
during the one-day series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE last
Spot-fixing involves determining the outcome of a specific
part of a match rather than the overall result, and is therefore harder to
detect than match-fixing.
Ansari will now have two weeks to respond to the charges.
"The ICC will not make any further comment in respect
of these charges at this stage," said the body in a statement.
The PCB took extra measures to stem spot-fixing, with all
six teams in this year's league monitored by anti-corruption officers.
Pakistan has a history of fixing cases, the latest being
last year's scandal which rocked the Pakistan Super League held in UAE.
A spot-fixing case during Pakistan's tour of England in 2010
ended in five-year bans on then Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad
Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is also serving a life
ban on charges of spot-fixing during a county match in England in 2009.