Emirates Cricket Board has today confirmed that the board has suspended UAE Player, Ghulam Shabbir, for absconding. The board also confirms he is part of the current and ongoing ICC Anti-Corruption investigation.

Shabbir did not attend the team meeting, held Monday October 21st and was not on the team bus that left the team hotel for their T20 World Cup Qualifying match against Hong Kong on the same day. Only after ECB management conducted an extensive search into his wellbeing and safety, which included liaising with UAE Authorities, was it discovered that he had departed the UAE in the early hours of Monday morning without advising team management nor gaining approval from his employer - the Emirates Cricket Board.

No formal charges have been laid against the player at this stage and, while the ICC Anti-Corruption investigation continues, the Board will make no further comment.

The Board fully supports the ICC and the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit in their efforts and denounces any activities of corruption.

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