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Former Sindhis team owner handed two-year corruption ban by ICC
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Former Sindhis team owner handed two-year corruption ban by ICC

Indian businessman Deepak Agarwal, who was one of the co-owners of the Sindhis franchise for a short period in 2018, has been banned for two years by the International Cricket Council after being found guilty on corruption charges.

Agarwal's name has previously been connected with the corruption case involving Shakib Al Hasan as the Bangladesh all-rounder was suspended for failing to report approaches.

Agarwal, who resides in Delhi, was charged with "obstructing or delaying an investigation", including concealing, tampering or destroying documents and other information.

He apparently breached the ICC anti-corruption code during an investigation meant to probe an alleged approach made by him in the past.

Agarwal then proceeded to deliberately conceal information from the Anti-Corruption Unit by instructing a fellow participant, elusively titled 'Mr X', to destroy certain evidence and lie to the investigation team.

"Mr Agarwal effectively admitted the contents of the conversations he had had with Mr X, admitted that he and Mr X had connived to mislead and/or obstruct the ACU’s investigation, and admitted that he was aware that this amounted to a breach of the Code," ICC's detailed verdict read.

The businessman remains barred from all cricket activities until October 27, 2021, provided he does not commit further offences.

"There were a number of examples of Mr Agarwal obstructing and delaying our investigations and it was not just a one-off occurrence," ICC general manager for integrity Alex Marshall said.

"However, he made a prompt admission of his breach of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and continues to provide substantial assistance to the ACU in relation to several investigations involving other participants.

"This cooperation is reflected in his sanction."