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Ashraful episode a 'loss of pride' for Bangladesh - Mushfiqur

Mohammad Isam

June 14, 2013

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Mushfiqur Rahim has called Mohammad Ashraful's admission of involvement in match-fixing and spot-fixing as a "loss of pride" for the Bangladesh cricket team.

Mushfiqur said he was in disbelief when he first heard the news of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit's (ACSU) investigation and Ashraful's confession.

"Our pride was in the knowledge that none of our players are involved in such things," Mushfiqur told ESPNcricinfo. "A few of our players got offers but said no, so hats off to them. It was a matter of pride that whether we played badly, nobody was in this business. The investigation is still ongoing but what has happened is very wrong.

"I felt bad at first. I couldn't believe it. Afterwards, if you talk about the reality the investigation is still ongoing but when I heard it from him, I felt worse. Taking the BPL matches aside, when I heard about the international matches, I felt it was unusual and unbelievable."

The BCB confirmed last week that three international matches were to be investigated as well after Ashraful reportedly told the ACSU of being involved in corrupt practices in these matches. Ashraful's confession to the ACSU regarding the international matches was first reported by the Dhaka-based Prothom Alo, in which one of the matches mentioned was during Mushfiqur's reign as captain.

Mushfiqur wants punitive action if Ashraful is found guilty by the Bangladesh Cricket Board after the ICC's ACSU submits its report. However, he also admitted never being aware of Ashraful's involvement despite playing together for eight years.

"We have been with him for so long, but we never realised what was going on. Mashrafe [Mortaza] bhai said that he slept in his room," Mushfiqur said. "If he is guilty, he should be given punishment. Our younger players should know this is a big crime. You cannot betray a nation, it doesn't matter how big or small a player you are."

However, Mushfiqur added that Ashraful would be welcomed back into the team if he is allowed to play. "I hope he returns to cricket quickly," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (June 15, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

I agree with Mushii. I said Ashraful should get examplinary punishment for the sake of our cricket. But we pardon him and we feel deep sorry for him...goodbuy Ash.

Posted by Tokai69 on (June 14, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Mushi, I realize your pain along with 150 m people in Bangladesh. Tamim mentioned in an interview few days before the scandal, "no matter how I perform can't surpass the image of Ashraful. He is like the first love - can't be forgotten". No doubt, we all dearly love his game, but if he is proven guilty, he should be punished for the sake of cricket in this country. Although his confession could help him to get a lesser punishment if proven.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

I agree with the others. Throwing away club games is one thing. But to throw away international matches is going too far. Ashraful's actions just makes one sick to the stomach. There is not an iota of national pride or patriotism in the man. I am surprised that despite it all, Mushy wants to play alongside him. People are praising him for confessing. But he confessed only after when he realised that he had gotten caught. These ICC detectives are as good as the legendary Sherlock Holmes. Hats off to them for working so hard to keep cricket clean.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

I concur with Mushfiqur's thinking because a player should be given proper punishment regardless his ability if he is found guilty.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Enough of all this ashrafool saga . Please guys move on and give us some win. Enough of being no 9 in ODI cricket.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (June 14, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

Very difficult but good tough stand!! Mushfiqur Rahim well said!!

Posted by Sadequl on (June 14, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

Well said Mushi & keep up the good work. Rightly say so if you guys really understand what it really means to lead a nation in world arena than none of the boys should ever betray his own nation by thus anymeans.

As a nation we have lots of pride in our history from our Bengali language movement to freedom fight's to have this beautiful mother land & cricket is the only game which is getting our own pride back to us after a certain period. So it's obvious if you can not count your self as a fighter of your nation to keep this pride up than it's not only a loss for you own self but also for the whole nation too.

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