DUBAI: Former Zimbabwe Cricket Director Enock Ikope has been banned from all cricket for 10 years after the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him guilty of breaching three counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, the ICC said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We welcome this decision and the substantial sanction imposed on Ikope. Non-cooperation and obstruction of our investigations by participants to the code are simply not acceptable. I hope this and other recent sanctions sends out a clear message to anyone involved in the sport,” said ICC General Manager (ACU) Alex Marshall.
The Tribunal heard evidence that the ACU had established information during its investigation into the corrupt approach made by Rajan Nayer to Zimbabwe cricket Captain Graeme Cremer, which gave the ACU reasonable grounds to suspect that Ikope may have engaged in corrupt conduct under the Code.
Nayer, then Treasurer and Marketing Director of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association (HMCA), was charged under the Code and banned from all cricket for 20 years.
Ikope was bound by the Code as a result of his affiliation to the HMCA as its Chairman and to Zimbabwe Cricket as its (at the time) Director. As such, he was required to cooperate fully with ACU investigations.
Following a full hearing and presentation of written and oral argument, the tribunal found Ikope guilty of three offences:
Ikope was banned for five years in respect of each breach, but the tribunal ordered the first two of the five year periods of ineligibility to run concurrently, with the penalty for the third breach of Article 2.4.7 to run consecutively, resulting in a total ban of 10 years. (Source: ICC)