• Home
  • News
  • Irfan Ahmed suspended for two and a half years for breaching Anti-Corruption Code

Irfan Ahmed suspended for two and a half years for breaching Anti-Corruption Code

ICC Logo

Press Release

Sir Ronnie Flanagan: “This penalty should act as a reminder to all Participants of the need to comply with their obligations under the Code at all times”.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has suspended Hong Kong all-rounder Irfan Ahmed for two years and six months after he admitted breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code (the ‘Code’).

Mr Ahmed was charged with offences under the Code and provisionally suspended by the ICC on 4 November 2015. This followed an investigation carried out by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (‘ACU’), relating in part to the activities of another individual known to the ACU and suspected of making corrupt approaches to participants.

Whilst Mr Ahmed was not charged with any offence involving corruption, the ACU established that he had failed to disclose to it full details of approaches or invitations to engage in corrupt conduct that had been made to him between January 2012 and January 2014.

During the investigation, Mr Ahmed admitted that he was aware of his obligations under the Code and that his failure to report such approaches was a breach of the Anti-Corruption Code.

Having carefully considered the facts of the case in question, the nature of the breaches of the Code, the relevant aggravating and mitigating factors, the importance of the objectives underlying the Code, the comparable cases relating to failures to report match-fixing approaches, the need to deter others from similar wrongdoing, the need to protect the image of cricket, and the need to maintain public confidence in the sport’s approach towards fighting corruption, the ICC has determined that a period of ineligibility of two years and six months be imposed on Mr Ahmed for each of his separate breaches of the Code, with each such period of ineligibility being served concurrently.

Mr Ahmed has accepted the imposition of such a penalty and therefore waived his right to appeal against the decision.

Sir Ronnie Flanagan, Chairman of the ACU, said: “This penalty should act as a reminder to all Participants of the need to comply with their obligations under the Code at all times, and in particular the requirement to report corrupt approaches to the ACU without any delay."

It is pleasing to note that the investigation upon which these charges were founded originated from information that had been disclosed to the ACU.  This is a clear and welcome demonstration that participants now more and more fully realise their own responsibilities in combatting this scourge on the game through prompt and diligent reporting as required by the Code."

However, it is also indicative of the worrying trend that those intent on corrupting the game are increasingly focusing their activities on Associate Member cricket and that the sport therefore needs to ensure that it is appropriately resourced and protected in that area.

Finally, I would also like to thank the Hong Kong Cricket Association (and all of its officials and players) for the cooperation that has been afforded to the ACU’s investigation during this period.

Mr Ahmed’s period of ineligibility will take effect from the date of his provisional suspension and will therefore expire on 4 May 2018.


A copy of the decision issued by the ICC imposing the sanction can be found here and the current version of the Code can be found here.

Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.


Legal Advisors

Copyright © LawInSport Limited 2010 - 2022. These pages contain general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You should consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any specific legal problem or matter. The information provided here was accurate as of the day it was posted; however, the law may have changed since that date. This information is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for taking legal advice in any specific situation. LawInSport is not responsible for any actions taken or not taken on the basis of this information. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.