United Arab Emirates skipper Mohammed Naveed, batsman Shaiman Anwar and pace bowler Qadeer Ahmed have been charged with corruption by the International Cricket Council just ahead of the T20 World Cup Qualifier.
The three players have been provisionally suspended after breaching the apex cricket body's anti-corruption rules, the ICC announced.
Another local UAE cricketer, Mehardeep Chhayakar, has also been charged by the ICC for not abiding by the anti-corruption regulations.
"Three UAE players and a participant in cricket from Ajman have been charged with 13 counts of breaching cricket's anti-corruption rules and the players have been provisionally suspended with immediate effect," the ICC statement read.
This development is a huge blow to UAE's chances in the upcoming tournament, which will comprise of 14 participant nations with the top six teams progressing to the T20 World Cup next year in Australia.
Host country UAE will now be devoid of the services of veteran batsman Shaiman, who is their leading run-scorer in the format with 971 runs at an average of 33.48.
The UAE selectors had suspiciously excluded Naveed from the squad for the competition that commences on Friday, naming spinner Ahmed Raza as the new skipper.
Naveed is accused of contriving to fix the matches at the qualifiers and failing to report approaches for engaging in corrupt activities to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). He has also been charged on two counts of similar plans to fix matches in the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10 League 2019 and not reporting approaches to the relevant authorities.
Qadeer faces six breaches of the ICC Code that relate to the series against Zimbabwe in April and the recently completed tour of the Netherlands in August. Moreover, he allegedly passed on information to Chhayakar in August 2019 for betting purposes.
Shaiman has been charged on two counts connected to the T20 qualifiers.
Chhayakar "failed or refused to cooperate with an investigation being carried out by the ACU", according to the ICC.
The four players have two weeks to respond to their charges.