Darren Stevens: Kent all-rounder charged by ICC

Darren Stevens

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens has been charged by the International Cricket Council with failing to report a corrupt approach.

The charge is in connection with an alleged match-fixing conspiracy in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League.

"I have not been involved in any corrupt activity and have not been charged with any," said Stevens.

"I am co-operating with the ICC in their investigation and prosecution of the corruption charges."

The 37-year-old added: "I am totally against any corruption in cricket and would never do anything other than perform to the best of my ability in any game."

The ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit charged nine individuals on Tuesday in relation to "an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise to engage in match-fixing and spot-fixing activity".

Stevens, who played 12 matches for the Dhaka Gladiators in the BPL earlier this year as the side won the tournament, has not been suspended by the ICC and remains eligible to play in all forms of cricket.

"I remain willing and able to play for Kent in all fixtures if selected," Stevens added.

"As the charge against me is now the subject of disciplinary proceedings I can make no further comment with regard to them at this stage."

Stevens must now indicate whether he wishes to plead guilty to the charge or to defend himself in a full hearing, which would take place before an anti-corruption tribunal, convened in accordance with the Bangladesh Cricket Board's anti-corruption code.

Under the BCB's code, an individual who pleads guilty or is later found guilty by tribunal of failing to report a corrupt approach faces sanction, which could include a global suspension of between one to five years.

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