The International Cricket Council (ICC) took a U-turn on the alleged match-fixing in the Ajman All-Stars event. After promising action against players in the scandal, the body now claims that the matter is not within its purview. ICC's ACU general manager Alex Marshall said,
"The event was not approved or in any way sanctioned by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and therefore neither the ECB nor the ICC has authority to take action under cricket's anti-corruption rules against anybody who may have engaged in any corrupt practice."
He further insisted that the ICC is likely to take strict action if the players of the Member Boards who have participated in this event found to have breached the governing body's code of conduct.
"In addition, all Member Boards whose players have participated in this event will be asked to consider whether by doing so, those players are in breach of any other applicable rules, including those that prohibit participation in unsanctioned cricket, and if so for disciplinary action to be taken against them," he said.
After videos of dodgy batting created a storm across the cricketing circles, ICC on Wednesday had announced that it will investigate the allegations and video evidence of match-fixing in the United Arab Emirates All-Time Ajman league. The videos show players throwing wickets in a ridiculous manner. Furthermore, five Pakistani players currently being probed along with who have been suspected in the fixing scandal.