Darren Stevens discharged over BPL match-fixing but Chowdury guilty

Kent allrounder Darren Stevens, along with five others, has been found not guilty by the tribunal investigating corruption in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). One of the owners of the Dhaka Gladiators franchise, Shihab Jishan Chowdury, has been found guilty of “being party to an effort to fix” a match.

Indian-Cricket-Team-bgMahbubul Alam and Mosharraf Hossain were also found not guilty by the tribunal, as were Salim Chowdhury, the Dhaka Gladiators owner, Gaurav Rawat, CEO of the Gladiators franchise, and Mohammad Rafique, the bowling coach.

Bangladesh international Mohammad Ashraful has already confessed to his involvement after alleged match and spot-fixing in the BPL first came to light in May 2013.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided “not to involve” Ashraful in any cricket until investigations were complete. A preliminary hearing was held by the anti-corruption in November 2013 and the full tribunal hearing began in January. Nine individuals were formally charged, including six players from the Dhaka Gladiators franchise.

The guilty men will learn their punishments at a later date.

Stevens had been charged for failing to report a corrupt approach during the tournament and if found guilty a 5-year ban was likely. At the age of 37 that would have effectively ended his playing career.

Stevens said in a statement through the Kent website, “I can assure all of the fans of the Dhaka Gladiators, the people of Bangladesh and all cricket followers, that I have always played the game of cricket honestly, with integrity and to the best of my ability. I have loved playing cricket in Bangladesh, as well as everywhere else in the world and I hope that I will be allowed to continue to play cricket globally.”

The ICC, said it was “disappointed” with the outcome of the probe. In a statement issued with the BCB, it said: “The ICC and the BCB have received the determination and are surprised and obviously disappointed with the outcome. Both organisations await the tribunal’s detailed written determination setting out the reasons for the outcome, which will be provided shortly, and will consider it carefully before determining the next steps, including whether to appeal any aspect(s) of the judgment. In the meantime, no further comment will be made by either the ICC or the BCB.”

James Buttler

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