The United Arab Emirates team have faced another blow to their World Cup qualifier campaign as Ashfaq Ahmed has been provisionally suspended after indicted with alleged corruption charges in cricket.
Ashfaq joins the growing tribe of players in the UAE team - including Mohammad Naveed (former captain), Shaiman Anwar and Qadeer Ahmed - who are all charged under the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption code.
Ahmed, the opening batsman, scored four in the encounter against Oman for a losing cause and then scored three in the victory against Ireland on Saturday. He wasn't part of the playing XI on Monday when the UAE locked horns with Hong Kong where the hosts ended up winning the match by eight wickets
"Further to the ongoing investigations led by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, Emirates Cricket Board has today provisionally suspended Ashfaq Ahmed with immediate effect," the Emirates Cricket Board official stated.
The board official added that "no formal charges have been laid against the player, and the Board will wait for the conclusion of proceedings before making any further comment."
The three players who were first spotted in the ignoble fixing fiasco are facing a total of 12 counts of breaching the ICC anti-corruption rules.
The 34-year-old Ahmed hails from Lahore and has represented UAE in 12 T20I matches and 16 ODIs. He averages 21.50 in the ODIs and 19.83 in the T20 format.
Mohammad Naveed, 32-year-old pacer, has 39 ODIs caps and 31 T20s was charged earlier under match-fixing at the T20 qualifier and the T10 league - which is set to take place next month in Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, Shaiman Anwar is under probe for two fixing charges instances.
Qadeer Ahmed is accused of being involved in as many as six violations of the ICC's anti-corruption code in the series against Zimbabwe in April and the Netherlands in August. However, both players haven't confessed to all the charges levelled against them.
The UAE will play against Jersey on Tuesday with a depleted squad in the ongoing T20 World Cup Qualifier.