The Afghanistan Cricket Board banned coach Noor Mohammad Lalai for a period of five years for approaching a national cricketer to fix matches in the last edition of the Shpageeza Cricket League, an ACB official said on Monday.


During the last edition of SCL, it was reported that, a national team player was approached by Noor Mohammad Lalai on the pretext of "work" - which was a request to assist with spot-fixing in a few matches in the tournament.

''This is a very disappointing and serious offence where a domestic-level junior coach is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in SCL 2019," ACB's senior anti-corruption manager Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi said on Monday.

"The coach, as an agent, tried to get one of the national team players to engage in corruption of spot fixing of a few matches in SCL 2019. Luckily, he [the coach] failed to do so as he was reported."

"I would like to place on record my grateful appreciation and thanks to the player who displayed true bravery and professionalism from the moment he reported this approach. He recognized it for what it was, rejected it and reported it. He then supported our investigation and subsequent tribunal,'' he said.

Noor Mohammad was found guilty of 'fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix.'

Under the provisions of the Code, Noor Mohammad chose to admit the charges levied against him and agreed to the sanctions by ACB in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.

Noor's position in the ACB was that of a domestic assistant coach - someone who represents or is affiliated to an Afghanistan domestic team, which is affiliated to ACB - namely Kapisa in 2019 two-day provincial tournament. He was also a full-time coach with Hampalana Private Cricket Academy.

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