ICC launches probe after bizarre dismissals in private UAE league

The Ajman T20 All-Stars league, played in late January has not been sanctioned by either the local Ajman Cricket Council, Emirates Cricket Board or the ICC.

After footage of some dismissals went viral, the ICC has launched an investigation.   -  Special Arrangement

After footage of some dismissals went viral, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched an investigation into a private Twenty20 league, played in the United Arab Emirates.

The Ajman T20 All-Stars league, played in late January has not been sanctioned by either the local Ajman Cricket Council, Emirates Cricket Board or the ICC.

The ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) got involved after the footage went viral, which shows batsmen getting easily stumped or run-outs happening in the most bizarre fashion.

The ICC's ACU general manager Alex Marshall in a statement confirmed that the governing body has started an investigation.

"There is currently an ICC Anti-Corruption Unit investigation underway in relation to the Ajman All Stars League held recently in Ajman, UAE," Marshall said in the statement.

"The ACU works to uphold integrity in cricket and in keeping with that role we are talking to players and officials and will not make any further comment at this time."

Shaji Ul Mulk, secretary general of the Ajman Cricket Council told ESPNcricinfo that he was unaware of the league's existence until it started.

"The tournament wasn't approved and we only came to know about the activity on day two," Shaji Ul Mulk said.

"There are procedures and when my staff asked them to go by the rule book, they dispersed and never came back again. Meanwhile, we found the Ajman Oval breaching the code more than once and hence we have suspended their affiliation. We have a zero tolerance policy towards corruption and are cooperating with the ICC in their ongoing investigation," he also said.

For more updates, follow Sportstar on :