Steve Smith to Sharjeel Khan: Cricketers who have been banned for illegal acts

Sacked Aussie captain and vice-captain Steve Smith and David Warner have been banned for a year for their involvement in ball-tampering. Further, the main culprit Cameron Bancroft has been handed a 9-month ban. Despite being known as the gentleman’s game, a number of players have been accused of bringing the game into disrepute over the years.

Here’s a look at the list of cricketers who have been banned.

Mohammed Azharuddin was banned for life in 2000 for allegedly being involved with bookmakers and even introducing Hansie Cronje to bookies. The life ban was overturned by the court in 2012.

Ajay Sharma, who played a few matches for India, but was a domestic giant, was also banned for life in 2000 after being found guilty of having association with bookmakers. His life ban was lifted in 2014.

Ajay Jadeja was banned for five years in 2000 for his alleged linked with bookmakers. The ban was overturned in 2003, but Indian cricket had looked beyond him by then

Manoj Prabhakar famously tried to implicate Kapil Dev in match-fixing, but was instead himself given a five-year ban for his alleged involvement with bookies, in 200

One of Pakistan’s finest cricketers, Saleem Malik was banned in 2000 for allegedly offering bribes. He was even jailed. Malik’s ban was overturned in 2008.

In the most high-profile of cases, the late Hansie Cronje was handed a life-ban after accepting to receive money from bookmakers in return for  providing information and also fixing matches. Herschelle Gibbs and Henry Williams were banned for two years each for agreeing to underperform for Cronje.

Even Kenya’s Maurice Odumbe was banned for 5 years for taking money from bookmakers while maverick West Indian Marlon Samuels was banned for two years for passing on team information to alleged bookmaker.

Mohammad Amir was shockingly banned for 5 years for deliberately bowling no-balls against England in August 2010. He was even sentenced to prison by London court for the corrupt act.

Repeat offender Mohammad Asif got a 7-year ban, two suspended. Like Amir, he also bowled planned no-balls in the same Test. Salman Butt, the skipper got 10-year-ban, five suspended, for encouraging the no-ball act.

Another Pakistani, Danish Kaneria, was banned for life after being found guilty by an England and Wales Cricket Board disciplinary panel for ‘match irregularities’ whilst playing for Essex.

Sreesanth conspired to deliberately give away 14 runs in an over in an IPL match for Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab on 9 May 2013. He was arrested a week later for accepting money from bookies, and has subsequently been banned for life.

Bangladesh’s ultra-talented yet underperforming Mohammad Ashraful was banned for 8 years (3 years suspended) for fixing in the 2013 season of the Bangladesh Premier League season.

Former New Zealand opener Lou Vincent was banned for life for fixing in ICL.

South Africans Gulam Bodi and Thami Tsolekile were banned for 20 years and 12 years for attempting to fix matches in the Ram Slam Twenty20 competition matches in South Africa.

Former Pakistan opener was banned for 5 years in August 2017 over spot-fixing charges in the Pakistan Super League.

(Note: This is the first time that players have been so harshly reprimanded for ball-tampering)


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