Mohammad Ashraful prepares for tribunal hearing

Mohammad Ashraful, the 30-year-old Bangladeshi right-handed batsman and off-break bowler, will appear before the Tribunal members in Dhaka on Thursday.


Mohammad Ashraful 2010
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Former captain Ashraful has been asked to appear for the full hearing into the alleged match-fixing and spot-fixing in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) which began for the current season in Dhaka on Sunday.

On Tuesday, Ashraful is believed to have had a long meeting with his UK-based lawyer, Yasin Patel in one of the hotels located at diplomatic enclave of Gulshan-1 area in Dhaka. He is likely to have been advised on how he should answer questions on his involvement in the fixing of the matches.

Interestingly, Yasin Patel, who also represented the suspended Pakistani captain Salman Butt, has also been appearing for Darren Stevens. Stevens is one of a number of individuals including the Dhaka Gladiators owners, ex-Bangladeshi Captains and coaches, Indian nationals and players from Sri-Lanka, New Zealand and Bangladesh.

Stevens is one of the most-liked and popular cricketers in both English domestic cricket and also worldwide, has maintained his innocence and insists that he has never ever had any involvement in any form of corrupt activities. His exemplary disciplinary record and the fact that his success on the pitch last year led to him receiving numerous cricketing awards including being awarded the Player of the Season at Kent CCC. He recently was awarded the ‘Cricket Society’s Wetherall Award for the best all-rounder in first-class cricket.

Steven is likely to have a bonafide certificate from Kent Captain Robert Key which states that ‘Darren is an exceptional cricketer, person and individual. He is the most honest and unselfish cricketer that I have ever played with. The amount of charitable work and that which he does for good causes is second to none. I truly hope that the Tribunal see the true person that he is and clear him of these ridiculous charges’.

The Tribunal is expected to last 2 -3 weeks with a numerous amount of witnesses expected to give evidence in this matter.

James Buttler

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