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Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer says he was approached by a corrupt official who tried to convince him to fix matches

Former Zimbabwe Cricket official, Rajen Nayer, has been banned from all cricket-related activity for 20 years, after accepting a charge of breaching the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Code.

Nayer, the Treasurer and Marketing Director of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association, was charged with three offences, which included offering Zimbabwe cricketer, Graeme Cremer, £21,000 to fix the result of the two-Test series against West Indies in October 2017.

Nayer accepted the charge of Article 2.1.4 - "directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging" Cremer to fix the match.

The ICC announced on Tuesday that the suspension would be backdated to the start of Nayer's provisional suspension on January 16, 2018 and he would only be eligible to participate in cricket from January 16, 2038.

Speaking about the initial approach, Zimbabwe captain Cremer said: "Rajan messaged me and said he needed to meet urgently but I was getting ready for the Test series.

"I said 'I can't meet you' but said he could call anytime. He called the next day and told me there was a guy in Dubai who wanted me to throw games or fix games against West Indies. I can't remember the term he used.

"From there, he went on to say there will be no third party involved, the package would come straight to me; there was never an offer made.

"He said the guy would be phoning him back that evening and that's when I told him I wasn't interested."

Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) said: "I welcome the result of the investigation and the substantial sanction imposed upon Mr. Nayer. It is important that the seriousness of his offences were reflected in the length of ban.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to Graeme Cremer, who has acted with the utmost professionalism throughout this process."

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