Kenyan Player Under Scrutiny for Alleged Match Fixing with Ugandan to Detract from World Cup Games

Kenya's Cricket team takes on practice sessions
Kenya's Cricket team takes on practice sessions
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A Kenyan international player is under scrutiny after being reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for allegedly approaching a Ugandan player to engage in match-fixing.

According to media reports, the Kenyan player made several attempts to contact the Ugandan player through phone calls using different phone numbers.

The former Kenyan player, who has participated in numerous international matches, was reported to have engaged in these activities during the T20 World Cup games.

Match-fixing involves manipulating the outcome of a sporting event, typically for financial gain.

An aerial view of the Masinde Muliro Stadium in Kanduyi Constituency, Bungoma County.
An aerial view of the Masinde Muliro Stadium in Kanduyi Constituency, Bungoma County.

“PTI has learned that the incident took place during the league stage matches in Guyana where a former Kenya pacer tried to contact a Ugandan team member multiple times from different numbers.

Following ICC's strict anti-corruption protocol, the Ugandan player reported the approach to the ACU officials on site, stated the Press Trust of India

Officials from the ICC reported that the matter was dealt with swiftly by the sleuths of ICC's anti-corruption unit.

Once pending investigations into the case are conducted the player may face up to a lifetime ban if found guilty. 

"The maximum possible sanction for the most serious breaches of the Anti-Corruption Code is a life ban from all involvement in the game. In some countries, there is also the possibility of criminal sanctions," reads an extract from the ICC anti-corruption code for participants.

The potential ban on the Kenyan cricket player comes in the wake of a directive from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which recently imposed a six-year ban on World Championship 10,000 metres and 10-kilometre road-running world record-holder, Rhonex Kipruto, for doping violations.

The AIU determined that Kipruto would be stripped of several titles he had won during his career after he was found guilty of doping charges.

The Unit stated that the ban serves to uphold the organisation’s principles and ensure that elite athletes comply with anti-doping regulations.

Kipruto will be banned until May 10, 2029, and his competitive results from September 2, 2018, to May 11, 2023, have been annulled.

A silhouette image of athletes running in a field
A silhouette image of Kenyan athletes running in a field


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