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ICC investigates corruption at Qatar T10 league

The International Cricket Council is investigating betting-linked corruption at the Qatar T10 league, which took place this month in Doha.

ESPN Cricinfo reported that the council said it had “intercepted a number of known corruptors both in Qatar and globally and disrupted planned corrupt activity at the event”.

The organisation’s Anti-Corruption Unit was engaged by the league’s organisers after a large number of changes occurred in team ownership in the days before the league started on December 7. Some betting companies stopped taking bets on the league during the competition without providing any explanation why.

Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC Integrity Unit, said: “The ICC sanctioned this event 12 months ago based on the sound information provided by the organisers.

“However, substantial changes to both team ownership and the organisers just days prior to the event getting underway rang alarm bells for us, and we applied additional investigative resource on the ground to address our concerns.

“As a result we have intercepted a number of known corruptors both in Qatar and globally and disrupted planned corrupt activity at the event. This has given rise to a number of new investigations for the ICC ACU team as we continue in our efforts to ensure cricket is a corruption free sport.”

This year’s competition was the inaugural edition. Gulf News reported that it was organised by the Qatar Cricket Association and involved six teams, with 24 international cricketers, 12 players from associate ICC countries, Qatari national team players and other local players. The final took place on December 16.