ICC launch investigation into UAE league

Posted February 03, 2018

Sharjah: The International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit is now investigating a private T20 cricket league in the UAE which goes by the name Ajman All Stars League after an amusing footage of a series containing ridiculous dismissals emerged online.

The Dubai Stars were unable to chase down a total of 136 after being dismissed for 46.

The Dubai Stars vs. Sharjah Warriors T20 match being played during this league and later became the most suspicious.

The league titled - All-Time Ajman League - was called off on the second day of its operations after the authorities didn't allow them to continue the tournament.

The Ajman Cricket Council has suspended all matches at the Ajman Oval. He was involved and termed to be the kingpin of the spot-fixing scandal in England for which he was subsequently banned for five years along with fellow Pakistani teammates at that time, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.

Butt featured in the league along with some other former Pakistan cricketers like Hasan Raza and Muhammad Khalil.

"I went there as I was not picked for [my domestic team] Lahore and I was doing nothing", said Butt while speaking to the media.

The video highlighted many comical dismissals. There have been several instances of corruption in domestic as well as global tournaments. But any cricket that takes place there has to be approved by the local cricket council.

It is believed Neo Sports, the league's broadcaster, is also being questioned by the ICC.

Waleed Bukhatir, Emirates Cricket chief selector, said: "After a very extensive process, the boards are very pleased to confirm that Dougie has been selected as Emirates Cricket's head coach".