‘Everybody is let down’: United Arab Emirates cricket captain Naveed charged with corruption

United Arab Emirates (UEA) Captain Mohammed Naveed was charged with corruption ahead of the World Twenty20 qualifiers on Friday (Oct 18).

Mohammed Naveed

Naveed was one of three UAE cricketers charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Batsman Shaiman Anwar and right-arm pace bowler Qadeer Ahmed have also been charged by the ICC, the three players facing a total of 13 counts of breaching the governing body’s anti-corruption rules.

All three have been provisionally suspended with immediate effect and axed from the UAE squad for the 2020 World T20 qualifying event, which starts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

“I have let everybody down. My family is let down, my friends are let down. Everybody is let down. This was my mistake,” 32-year-old Naveed told The National newspaper.

‘Why did I not talk to the board, why did I not talk to the ICC?’

— Mohammed Naveed

He added: “I am very sincere about my game, I am very sincere about my career. I have been successful for the UAE around the world, in leagues, for franchises. That is because I am very sincere about my game. Now this has happened, I feel guilty. Why did I not talk to the board, why did I not talk to the ICC? It is my mistake, and I feel guilty.”

Naveed said he had blundered in failing to report an approach made to him by “a fixer” who had pretended to be an official representing a franchise in the T10 League also slated for the UAE in November. He said he ended the conversation as soon as he realised he had been misled, but admitted he did not report the approach to the ICC.