The International Cricket Council has suspended Oman's Yousuf Abdulrahim Al Balushi for seven years from all forms of cricket after finding him guilty of charges relating to corruption and match-fixing.
Al Balushi, also known as Yousuf Mahmood, admitted to four charges against him, all stemming from the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 even though he was not part of Oman's squad.
The 29-year-old had attempted to influence players and tried enlisting a teammate to help him fix games in return for monetary benefits.
“This is a very serious offence where a player attempted but failed to get a teammate to engage in corrupt activity in high-profile games and this is reflected in the severity of the sentence," ICC integrity general manager Alex Marshall was quoted as saying in a media release.
“Without Mr. Balushi’s admission of guilt and full cooperation throughout our investigation, the ban could have been significantly longer. The player has also indicated that he is willing to contribute to future integrity education programmes on our behalf to help younger players learn from his mistakes.”
The charges laid out include:
Breach of Article 2.1.1 – being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive in any way the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of matches.
Breach of Article 2.1.4 – Attempting to solicit, induce, entice, persuade, encourage or intentionally facilitate a Participant to breach Article 2.1.
Breach of Article 2.4.4 – failing to report the approaches or invitations that you received from three different individuals to be a party to an agreement or effort to fix matches in the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019.
Breach of Article 2.4.7 - Obstructing or delaying an investigation carried out by the ACU in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Code, including by concealing or tampering with information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence of or lead to the discovery of evidence of Corrupt Conduct under the Code.