LAHORE - The International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday confirmed it is continuing its investigation into the Ajman All Stars event.

According to the information made available here, ICC General Manager Anti-Corruption Alex Marshall said: "The event was not approved or in any way sanctioned by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and, therefore, neither the ECB nor the ICC had authority to take action under cricket's anti-corruption rules against anybody who may have engaged in any corrupt practice.

"However, after speaking to a number of those involved, we consider there should be strong evidence to indicate it was a corrupt event and damaging to the wider reputation of cricket and as such will continue the investigation. "Our ongoing enquiries will now focus on identifying the organisers of the tournament to prevent similar incidents occurring elsewhere and to disrupt corrupt practices wherever we can," he added.

"In addition, all Member Boards whose players participated in the event would be asked to consider whether by doing so, those players are in breach of any other applicable rules, including those that prohibit participation in unsanctioned cricket, and if so for disciplinary action to be taken against them," said the ICC official.

Former tainted captain Salman Butt and some other Pakistani players are again in the spotlight after the ICC Anti-Corruption unit confirmed it was investigating the Ajman All Stars T20 League held recently. Butt and Asif, who have served five-year bans for spot-fixing between 2010 and 2016, were among a couple of Pakistani players who took part in the private tournament which apparently has caught the attention of the ICC after visuals of some matches were aired which contained some questionable dismissals and behaviour on part of the players.

Former Pakistan players Hasan Raza, M Khalil and some others are said to have taken part in the private league, which has been disowned and termed as illegal by the Emirates Cricket Board and Ajman Cricket Council. The footage of the match, which apparently was broadcast, don't include any of the Pakistani players.

Butt, who was captain when the spot-fixing scandal broke out in England in late 2010, confirmed he had played two matches of the league. "I went there as I was not picked for the national regions one-day cup by Lahore and I was doing nothing. But when I reached there, I realised it was just an amateur level event, which had no match referee, ICC anti-corruption representative or even scorers," Butt said.

"Since the spot-fixing scandal, I try to stay away as far as possible from any related controversies. I am happy the ICC is investigating the event because they were lot of flaws in it. But I played just two games and then went away to Dubai,” he added.

Butt said he had got out first ball in the first match as he was told to play just three hours after reaching Dubai while in the second match he scored around 70 odd runs. "I don't know the exact score I got since there was no proper scorer around."

Butt made it clear he didn't feature in the match footages which were aired on the social media and had come under scrutiny. The former captain also disclosed that when he was made an offer to play in the Ajman All Stars League, he had told the organisers he would need some time to get NOCs from the PCB and his department Wapda. "But they told me it was a private tournament and not sanctioned, so no NOC was required to play. When I went there, I realised it was just a badly managed street level event and it made no sense to me," he added.