ICC ACSU to investigate World T20 qualifying match between Afghanistan and Hong Kong

The ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) will be investigating the World T20 qualifying game between Afghanistan and Hong Kong in Dublin.

The match in question was played in the Swedish capital on Tuesday.

 ICC ACSU to investigate World T20 qualifying match between Afghanistan and Hong Kong

File picture of logo of The International Cricket Council (ICC). Reuters

The ACSU "noticed unusual betting patterns on the game" and is likely to get in touch with leading betting firms, including Betfair, in an attempt to get a clearer picture, claimed a report in 'ESPNcricinfo'.

The development comes right after Hong Kong's five-wicket victory in the first qualifying playoff, which booked them a berth at the 2016 World Twenty20 in India. The tournament will be held from March 11 to April 3 next year.

Chasing 161 runs for a win, Hong Kong won the match by five wickets thanks to Babar Hayat, who scored 20 off nine balls. Mohammed Nabi of Afghanistan conceded 16 runs in the last over.

Despite the defeat, Afghanistan still have a chance to qualify for the mega-event. They play Papua New Guinea today in the third qualifying play-off.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 23, 2015 14:24:43 IST