17th September 2019

Snixer Sports refutes ACB’s reasons for suspending T20 League

Snixer Sports has refuted the Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB) reasons for terminating its rights agreement with the New Delhi based company and postponing the second season of the ACB’s T20 Premier League until 2020. The ACB argued that Snixer Sports had failed to pay the complete rights fee for the inaugural October 2018 edition of the T20 Premier League, adding that there are ‘concerns about risks for integrity of the league posed by people connected to Snixer Sports’.

‘We deny any/all allegations labeled against us by Afghanistan Cricket Board over Afghanistan Premier League’, read a Snixer Sports statement on Facebook (below). ‘We want to place it on record that there had been no material breach by us. The allegations over questionable “integrity” by ACB with respect to ICC, ACU are defamatory, false and fabricated set of facts. Snixer Sports had always been committed towards the success of Afghanistan Premier League and shall continue doing so in the best interest of the sporting spirit of Afghanistan. We condemn such an arbitrary and discretionary act by Afghanistan Cricket Board.’

We deny any/all allegations labeled against us by Afghanistan Cricket Board over Afghanistan Premier League. We want to…

Posted by Snixer Sports on Saturday, 14 September 2019

The ACB did not elaborate on what it meant by ‘concerns about risks for integrity of the league posed by people connected to Snixer Sports’. One of the Directors of the company is understood to be Abhishek Anilkumar Agarwal. He is also listed as a Director of Radha Madhav Corporation Limited (RMCL), and has been arrested for export fraud, reports the Times of India.

The ACB also said it had written to the Afghan Attorney General’s Office asking it to investigate allegations of corruption in the ACB T20 Premier League. In September last year, wicketkeeper Mohammed Shahzad reported an approach by two spot fixers in connection to the first edition of the ACB T20 Premier League to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Earlier this year, the ACB sanctioned Shahzad with a one year ban for repeated breaches of its Code of Conduct. It is understood that Shahzad travelled outside of Afghanistan on numerous occasions to take part in cricket matches without the permission of the ACB, in violation of the terms of his contract. In 2017, Shahzad was sanctioned with a one year ban, after the ICC accepted that an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for clenbuterol was caused by ingestion of Hydroxycut, a weight loss product.

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