x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Five from the past who were tainted

In the wake of the ICC's decision to ban Pakistan's trio of cricketers, a look at five other players accused of manipulating matches.

Salim Malik had his ban lifted seven years later.
Salim Malik had his ban lifted seven years later.

Mohammed Azharuddin

A bank clerk from Hyderabad who became one of the game's most attractive batsmen and India's captain sullied his legacy by fixing three matches between 1996 and 1999.

He was banned from the game for life in 2000. The ban still stands, even though the Indian cricket board attempted to revoke it in 2006.

He now serves as an elected member of Parliament for the Indian National Congress party.


Hansie Cronje

The late South Africa captain was banned from all cricket in 2000 for his role in fixing matches. Two years after the punishment was handed down, Cronje died when the cargo plane he was travelling in crashed.


Salim Malik

The Pakistan Cricket Board upheld the recommendation of the Justice Qayyum inquiry into match-fixing, by banning the former captain for life.

Malik's appeal against the suspension was thrown out by the Lahore High Court. However, he eventually succeeded when the Supreme Court lifted his ban seven years later.  He is now involved in coaching.


Marlon Samuels

The West Indian batsman was punished by his home board for passing on information to bookmakers related to matches in their 2007 series against India, rather than fixing any aspect of the matches themselves.

He was handed a two-year sentence, and returned to the crease when he scored a half-century for Jamaica in May 2010.


Herschelle Gibbs

Gibbs's lengthy international career was interrupted relatively briefly due to his involvement in fixing. The South African opening batsman agreed to get out for less than 20 in a specified one-day international match, in exchange for US$15,000 (Dh55,000) offered by Cronje.

The deal was off when Gibbs instead decided to make the most of friendly batting conditions, as he made 74. He served a half-year sentence for his actions.