ICC Suspends Zimbabwe Official Rajan Nayer For 20 Years For Match Fixing

| March 27 , 2018 , 18:07 IST

The International Cricket Council on Tuesday banned a Zimbabwe official from all cricket activities for 20 years for offering Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer $30,000 to fix a match last year.

As per ICC, Rajan Nayer, the treasurer and marketing director of Harare Metropolitan Cricket accepted the charge under Article 2.1.1, 2.1.3 and 2.14  of  'directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging Cremer' to fix an international match.

Alex Marshall, General Manager of the global governing body’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) said, "I would like to place on record my thanks to Graeme Cremer, who has acted with the utmost professionalism throughout this process."

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He added, "Immediately after he received the approach from Nayer, he reported it to the ICC and we were able to get an investigation underway swiftly."

Graeme Cremer credited the ICC for educating players on the perils of fixing.

Cremer said, "I was appalled to be approached by someone so closely connected to the game and there was no doubt in my mind that I had to report it as soon as I could."

He added, "We receive education around this which you never expect to have to use, but it certainly helped when it came to knowing what to do.”

He further said,  “I think it is important that corrupters receive strong sanctions as it sends out a message to others who might consider getting involved."

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Urging other players to report this kind of incidents he said, "For any cricketer who might find themselves in my position, my message is really simple report it. The ICC will take any report seriously and will deal with you professionally and with respect. If we are to kick corruption out of the game, we must all play our part.” 

Nayer's suspension comes after captain Graeme Cremer informed coach Heath Streak about an alleged approach by an official to influence the result of Zimbabwe-West Indies Test series last year.

The matter was later referred to the ICC.