The International Cricket Council confirmed on Tuesday (January 30) that they have opened an investigation into a private Twenty20 league held in the United Arab Emirates after footage of several dubious dismissals went viral on social media. But the Sharjah Warriors' players were all out on 46 runs only.
The tournament's private nature means it wasn't sanctioned by the ICC or Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), but it was called off after the second day of action with local cricket authorities refusing to let the ground be used.
Marshall added that the ICC was talking to the players and officials about the match.
In the fourth match in the tournament on January 24, Dubai Stars batsmen, playing against Sharjah Warriors, can be seen throwing their wickets away in freakish manners - either run-outs or stumpings. The game has given cricket another black-eye in the war it is losing against corruption and match-fixing.
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The 33-year-old returned to first-class cricket in Pakistan in 2016 but was out of the team when he took part in the UAE tournament. "But when I reached there, I realised it was just an amateur level event which had no match referee, ICC anti-corruption representative or even scorers", said Butt as quoted by Sportstar.
The video highlighted many comical dismissals. The tournament involved expatriates from a number of South Asian countries, and a few former global players.
It is believed Neo Sports, the league's broadcaster, is also being questioned by the ICC.
Shaji Ul Mulk, secretary general of the Ajman Cricket Council told ESPNcricinfo that he was unaware of the league's existence until it started.