The ICC announced Irfan Ansari had been banned for 10 years ©ICC

United Arab Emirates-based coach Irfan Ansari has been banned for 10 years after the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal found him guilty of making a "corrupt approach" to Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

In a statement, the ICC revealed Ansari had breached three articles of the anti-corruption code as he had also twice failed to cooperate with an investigation into the offence.

The tribunal said Ansari approached Ahmed during the Pakistan series with Sri Lanka in the UAE in October 2017 and asked the player to inform him of bowling changes.

He also asked the Pakistan captain about "making money", made reference to an amount of "one million" and mentioned the name of Sharjeel Khan, who had been given a five-year ban for spot-fixing two months before the Sri Lanka series.

The tribunal found that Ansari had spoken to Ahmed "with a view to engaging him in corrupt conduct by soliciting information from him".

Ahmed immediately reported the conversation with Ansari, a Pakistan national who had lived in the UAE for 30 years, to anti-corruption officials and Pakistan team coach Mickey Arthur.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was praised for how he dealt with the corrupt approach ©Getty Images
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was praised for how he dealt with the corrupt approach ©Getty Images

Players and others who fall under the ICC anti-corruption code can face sanctions if they do not report possible corruption connected to the sport.

"I’d like to place on record my thanks to Sarfraz Ahmed who showed true leadership and professionalism from the moment he reported this approach," Alex Marshall, ICC general manager - anti-corruption unit, said.

"He recognised it for what it was, rejected it and reported it. 

"He then supported our investigation and subsequent tribunal.

"This is the first time we have prosecuted for failure to cooperate with an investigation since the new rules enabling us to demand the participants hand over their phone for examination and the sanction reflects the seriousness of the offence.

"It is an important tool to aid our investigations and continue in our efforts to rid the sport of these corrupters."