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ICC levels corruption charges against Zimbabwe cricket official

The International Cricket Council has today (Thursday) charged Rajan Nayer, a cricket official in Zimbabwe, with three counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code in the latest match-fixing episode to hit the sport.

Nayer, the treasurer and marketing director of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association, has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect. The three offences he has been charged with are being party to an effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspects of an international match or matches.

Nayer has also been charged with offering a player $30,000 (€25,000) to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspects of an international match or matches, as well as directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to engage in the first offence.

The ICC did not disclose further information regarding the case, but the ESPNcricinfo website said that Nayar was the man who had approached Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer in October, ahead of a Test series against the West Indies, with an offer to engage in corrupt activities. The ICC had launched an investigation when this news was first reported.

ESPNcricinfo noted that this was second incident in the space of as many months of a corrupt approach made to an international captain. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed also reported an allegedly corrupt approach in October.

Nayer has 14 days from January 16 to respond to the charges.