Members of the UAE cricket community have reacted with shock and anger after the ICC charged Irfan Ansari with breaching their anti - corruption code.
The sport’s Dubai - based governing body released a statement on Thursday morning saying Ansari had been suspended and charged over three offences.
It is understood to relate to the investigation into an alleged corrupt approach made to Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, during a series in the UAE last year.
Sarfraz reported the approach during Pakistan’s one - day international series against Sri Lanka in October 2017.
Ansari has had a long association with UAE cricket since he first arrived from Karachi as a player when Sharjah was undergoing a rapid growth as a centre for the game just over 30 years ago.
In recent years, this has included roles as a coach within age - group cricket, as well as to a number of different senior level teams. He has also served as team manager to the national side at times.
However, teams and councils have moved to disassociate themselves from him since he was widely named in media reports related to the incident last October.