ICC to investigate UAE cricketing league after freaky dismissals go viral

According to Fox Sports, the Dubai Stars were chasing a modest target of 136 against the Sharjah Warriors, but could only muster 46 as batsmen fell in a series of farcical dismissals.

Pakistan's tainted former captain, Salman Butt, and some other Pakistani players are again in the spotlight after the ICC's anti-corruption unit confirmed it was investigating the Ajman All Stars T20 League which was played recently in the UAE. The tournament, named the All-Time Ajman league, had to be called off on its second day after local cricket authorities refused to allow them to continue using the ground.

The Ajman Cricket Council have said the competition "disapproved cricket" and have suspended the "affiliation of Ajman Oval", where the matches were staged.

The footage also invited comments from the cricket fraternity that raised questions over the way players were getting dismissed, suggesting alleged fixing.

The investigations into the matter started after a video showing the batsmen's lack of intent went viral on social media.

More former global cricketers are said to have played in other games at the tournament.

The tournament, known as the All-Time Ajman League, has come under the scrutiny of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit after some of the most freaky dismissals ever seen on a cricket pitch. Meanwhile, we found the Ajman Oval breaching the code a couple of times and hence we have suspended their affiliation.

"We have a zero tolerance policy towards corruption and are cooperating with the ICC in their ongoing investigation", Mulk added. The Emirates Cricket Board and Ajman Cricket Council have deemed the event "illegal".

  • Rogelio Becker