Nine charged for Bangladesh Premier League corruption


The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are preparing to throw the book at nine unidentified people they have charged with breaching their anti-corruption code.

The offences were committed during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), but it is unclear whether Mohammad Ashraful was included in those charged.

Mohammad Ashraful took over from Habibul Basha...

It is unknown whether Mohammad Ashraful is one of the nine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson did however state that the disciplinary hearing could see as ‘mitigating factors’ Ashraful’s previous assistance and admission of guilt.

“The evidence uncovered is a grave reminder of the need for the sport to remain vigilant against the continuing threat of corruption,” said Richardson. “It is also for players and support personnel to take personal responsibility for protecting the integrity of the game.”

Richardson was speaking at a press conference on Tuesday where the ICC and BCB announced their actions following an investigation performed by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

The ICC said the charges related to an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise to engage in match-fixing and spot-fixing activity. Individuals associated with the franchise are believed to have engaged in match-fixing and spot-fixing during the competition. Players, it is said, also failed to report illegal approaches made to them.

Mohammad Ashraful (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seven individuals are charged with fixing related offences and the other two with failing to report approached made to them to get involved. The most serious offenders have already been suspended from all cricket activity.

Anyone found guilty by the ACSU Panel face suspension of between five years to a lifetime for fixing or one to five years for a failure to report an illegal approach.

The BCB president, Nazmul Hassan, said that those found guilty will be dealt with severely. He said, “The BCB is committed to doing everything possible to defend it [Bangladesh cricket] against the very small group of people who are willing to compromise the values of the overwhelming majority for personal greed and, in so doing, bring disgrace upon themselves and their associates, as well as tarnishing the image of the game.”

However Ashraful is hoping those charged come clean and that his conduct since the offences will serve him well.

“I have helped the ICC, and will try to help them in the future,” he said. “I have spoken from my guilty conscience, so I told the ACSU I want to return to cricket as soon as possible. They did appreciate me, because not many come forward with the truth.

“I do hope those guilty will come out with the truth,” he added.

James Buttler

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