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ICC praises Sarfraz Ahmed for 'true leadership' in reporting fixing approach

Irfan Ansari, a UAE based coach, has been banned for 10 years from cricket for making an illicit approach to Sarfraz Ahmed, the ICC announced on Wednesday.

The ICC praised Sarfraz for his "true leadership" in reporting the corrupt approach by Ansari during the Pakistan-Sri Lanka ODI series in 2017.

It is the first time someone has been prosecuted for non-cooperation with an enquiry -- Ansari refused on two occasions to testify to the ICC's anti-corruption body.

Ansari, who coached Sharjah, contacted Sarfraz wishing to induce him into corrupt conduct by extracting information from him on the series. But Sarfraz immediately reported the approach.

Ansari is bound by the ICC anti-corruption code as a result of both his affiliation to the Pakistan cricket team and being a coach to two teams that participate in domestic matches in the UAE. He was found guilty of the three offences under the code.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to Sarfraz Ahmed who showed true leadership and professionalism from the moment he reported this approach," said ICC general manager Alex Marshall.

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