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ICC Bans Oman Cricketer Yousef Abdulrahim Al Balushi For Seven Years

Oman Cricketer Yousef Abdulrahim Al Balushi has been banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for seven years after he accepted four charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. The charges relate to attempting to influence team members to engage in corruption during the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifier, played in the UAE.

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Oman Cricketer Yousef Abdulrahim Al Balushi was suspended by the ICC for the same offence last month and now has been formally banned from the sport by the cricket’s governing body. 

Alex Marshall, the ICC’s general manager for Integrity termed Oman Cricketer Yousef Abdulrahim Al Balushi’s offence as a very serious one, further adding that his ban could have been longer had he not cooperated during the investigation. 

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“This is a very serious offence where a player attempted but failed to get a teammate to engage in corrupt activity in high profile games and this is reflected in the severity of the sentence,” Marshall said in the ICC statement. 

Meanwhile, Oman Cricketer Yousef Abdulrahim Al Balushi was provisionally suspended on January 23 when the ICC charged him for breaching its code on four counts.

These are the following charges against him 

Article 2.1.1: Being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive in any way the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of matches in the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019.

Article 2.1.4: Attempting to solicit, induce, entice, persuade, encourage or intentionally facilitate a Participant to breach Article 2.1.

Article 2.4.4: Failing to report the approaches or invitations that you received from three different individuals to be a party to an agreement or effort to fix matches in the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019.

Article 2.4.7: Obstructing or delaying an investigation carried out by the ACU in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Code, including by concealing or tampering with information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence of or lead to the discovery of evidence of Corrupt Conduct under the Code.

ICC’s investigation found that Balushi had been approached in August 2019 by someone he knew from playing in an unsanctioned Arabian Carnival League match in Bahrain.

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ICC’s investigation found that Balushi had been approached in August 2019 by someone he knew from playing in an unsanctioned Arabian Carnival League match in Bahrain. He messaged the opposition player and put the offer to him, but the approach was immediately rejected and reported to the ICC’s anti-corruption unit who took necessary action against him. 

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