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The ICC are to probe recent match in the UAE after match fixing allegations surface.

The ICC are investigating UAE cricket game for match fixing

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Cricket has been no stranger to match-fixing probes over the years, but footage from a recent competition in the United Arab Emirates may show the most blatant example of the practice ever recorded.

The Ajman All Stars League, a private T20 tournament held in the country earlier this month, was brought to a halt by local administrators after they became aware of "irregular activity" in a match between Dubai Stars and Sharjah Warriors at Ajman Oval.

In response to the Stars' score of 135, their opponents managed just 46 all out, with the majority of the dismissals coming by way of comical run outs or stumpings.

The Warriors' batsmen regularly charged down the pitch to the opposition bowlers, and then appeared to make very little effort to return to their crease having missed the ball.

Several suicidal runs were also attempted in scenarios where the ball was hit directly to the fielding side.

Upon hearing of the suspicious circumstances surrounding the match, local officials moved quickly to suspend all cricketing activity at the venue, bringing the tournament to a premature end on its second day.

Those behind the tourmanent were then reported to have quickly disappeared.

International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) launched an investigation into both the match, as well as the tournament organisers, after video of the game went viral on social media. 

The event, which predominantly featured expatriate players from South Asia, was not sanctioned by any recognised cricket body.

Watch the shocking footage below.

The ICC confirmed the investigation in a statement earlier this week.

"There is currently an ICC Anti-Corruption Unit investigation underway in relation to the Ajman All Stars League held recently in Ajman, UAE.

"The ICC ACU works to uphold integrity in cricket, and in keeping with that role we are talking to players and officials and will not make any further comment at this time."

The footage above has been met with a mix of bemusement and outrage by both fans and pundits alike.

Given the ongoing investigation, as well as the additional scrutiny brought by the ever increasing television coverage of the game, it is a distinct possibility that fans may not witness anything this farcical again.

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