Rizwan Javed Receives Second-Longest ICC Ban

In a significant development in the realm of cricket integrity, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has imposed a monumental ban on Rizwan Javed, a UK-based club cricketer. This ban lasts 17-and-a-half years, making it the second-longest sentence ever delivered by the ICC. It underscores the gravity and seriousness of the offenses committed by Rizwan Javed, shedding light on the significant breach of integrity within the cricketing community.


Javed’s ban is a consequence of his active participation in five distinct breaches of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) anti-corruption code. Throughout the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 league, Javed consistently engaged in attempts to influence matches improperly. These actions directly contributed to his culpability in the subsequent allegations of corruption.

Charges and Findings

The ICC’s legal document outlines the charges against Javed. These charges include attempting to fix matches. Javed also faces allegations of offering rewards to induce corrupt conduct. Additionally, he is accused of soliciting other participants to breach anti-corruption regulations. Despite ample opportunities given to cooperate with the investigation, Javed’s failure to respond to the charges exacerbated the severity of his sanctions.

Significance of the Ban

Alex Marshall, ICC’s General Manager of Integrity, emphasized the gravity of Javed’s actions. Marshall highlighted his lack of remorse and disregard for cricket’s integrity. Marshall asserted that the imposed ban serves as a stern warning to other potential corruptors. He reaffirmed the ICC’s commitment to preserving the integrity of the sport at all levels.

The ban, effective from September 19, 2023, not only reflects the ICC’s unwavering stance against corruption but also underscores the need for continuous vigilance to safeguard cricket’s integrity. Michael J Beloff KC, Chair of the ICC Code of Conduct Committee, oversaw the decision. This sends a resounding message that attempts to corrupt cricket will be met with severe consequences.

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