A former director of Zimbabwe Cricket, Enock Ikope, has been banned from all cricket for ten years by the ICC, for breaching three counts of the Anti-Corruption Code.
Ikope’s ban is said to the Anti-Corruption Unit’s investigation into the corrupt strategy made in October 2017 to former captain Graeme Cremer by Rajan Nayer, a home cricket official in Zimbabwe. The ACU had established data throughout the investigation, which gave them cheap grounds to suspect Ikope could have engaged in corrupt conduct as described within the Code.
Nayer, who was handed a 20-year ban from all cricket-related actions final 12 months, had been the treasurer and advertising and marketing director of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Affiliation (HMCA). Ikope, the ICC stated, was sure by the Code and required to completely cooperate with the investigations in his capability as chairman of the HMCA and director of ZC.
Ikope was charged with:
Failure or refusal to cooperate with the ACU’s investigation by failing to supply precisely and utterly the knowledge and/or documentation requested by the ACU in January 2018. This included refusing at hand over his cell phone and paperwork demanded by the ACU.
Obstructing or delaying any investigation that could be carried out by the ACU in relation to doable Corrupt Conduct underneath the Anti-Corruption Code in January and February 2018. This included additional failures and delays in handing over his cell phone and paperwork demanded by the ACU, whereas the breach in February arose on account of deletion of information from his cell phone earlier than handing it over to the ACU.
Ikope was banned by the Tribunal for 5 years in respect of every breach. The Tribunal ordered the primary two of the five-year durations of ineligibility to run concurrently, with the penalty for the third breach of Article 2.four.7 to run consecutively, leading to a complete ban of 10 years.
“We welcome this resolution and the substantial sanction imposed on Mr Ikope which displays the gravity of the offences,” Alex Marshall, the ICC Common Supervisor ACU stated. “Non-cooperation and obstruction of our investigations by contributors to the Code are merely not acceptable and I hope this and different current sanctions sends out a transparent message to anybody concerned within the sport.
“As soon as once more we should thank a world captain, Graeme Cremer, for his absolute professionalism in recognizing the preliminary strategy by Mr Nayer, rejecting after which reporting it. We’re grateful to him and to Zimbabwe Cricket for all the assistance throughout the investigations”.
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