Breach of Anti-Corruption Code: Cricketer Nasir Hossain Banned for 2 Years

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned Bangladeshi cricketer Nasir Hossain for two years after he admitted to the charges of breach under the Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) Anti-Corruption Code.

In September 2023, eight team owners, officials and players were charged by the ICC, which was appointed by the ECB as the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (DACO) under the Code, for violating provisions of the Code for their conduct in relation to the Abu Dhabi T10 League held in 2021. Hossain was held to be in breach of Articles 2.4.3, 2.4.4, and 2.4.6 of the Code for failure to disclose to the DACO the receipt of a gift, an iPhone 12 valued more than $750, failure to disclose to the DACO the full details of the approach or invitation received to engage in Corrupt Conduct through the said device, and lastly, for failure or refusal (without compelling justification) to cooperate with the DACO’s investigation in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Code.

As per ICC’s press release dated January 16, 2024, Hossain agreed to the sanction in place of a hearing, and he can resume international cricket on April 7, 2025, subject to the fulfilment of conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction.