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Hong Kong all-rounder Irfan Ahmed — who was slated to play in March’s World T20 championship — has been provisionally suspended by the ICC for allegedly failing to report an approach from an alleged match-fixer.

Ahmed, who has played six ODIs and eight T20s for the 11th ranked Hong Kong national side, has been charged with breaching the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code, and faces a ban of two to five years if found guilty by a disciplinary tribunal.

According to the 26-year-old’s barrister Kevin Egan, Ahmed was approached by a “former Pakistani cricketer in Hong Kong” with an offer which Ahmed failed to report to authorities.

“(The former cricketer) was like a father figure to him and (Ahmed) was approached with a corrupt offer which he rejected,” Egan told Fairfax Media.