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Indian bookie accosted at Mirpur stadium

Mohammad Isam

February 12, 2013

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board has barred an Indian national from entering any stadiums in the country after he admitted to being a bookie.

A resident of Hyderabad, Durga Prasad was seized by security staff while seated in the international gallery of the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur during the BPL matches on Monday evening. "We accosted Mr Durga Prasad inside the stadium," BCB's head of security, Col (retd) Mesbahuddin Serniabat, told ESPNcricinfo.

"We followed him and found that he was sending a lot of text messages. After speaking to him, we found out that he is a Hyderabad resident who had come to Bangladesh on February 2."

Serniabat said Prasad had later "admitted that he is a bookie. He earns money from betting. We have banned him from the Shere Bangla National Stadium because betting is illegal in the country."

Prasad he said had given an undertaking to not enter any stadiums in Bangladesh.

This is however not the first time a man has had to be ejected from Mirpur during the BPL. In the tournament's first season, a Pakistan national named Sajid Khan was handed over to the police for suspected involvement in match-fixing after he was stopped from trying to enter the players' zone.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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