Bangladesh news May 25, 2013

Bangladesh mull new anti-corruption law

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is mulling the introduction of an anti-corruption law with the help of the law ministry to combat ill practices in Bangladesh cricket. The board's move came after the Indian government announced it would formulate a new anti-corruption law against unfair practices, such as fixing, across sports in India.

"We need to see whether there is any need to implement new laws to combat sports crime," Jalal Yunus, chairman of BCB's media and communication, said in Mirpur. "We have to take tough measures to fight against this ill-practice and it requires new guidelines from the law ministry."

Three cricketers - Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - were arrested for alleged spot-fixing on May 16 and Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested in Mumbai for allegedly betting in the Indian Premier League, which prompted the Indian government to introduce a new law.

"The government of India has decided to enact a standalone legislation to deal with unfair practices in sport," India's Law Minister, Kapil Sibal, said in New Delhi. "The government is committed to bring this law as soon as possible."

Sibal said the new legislation would deal with dishonest practices like spot-fixing, which has been under the spotlight for nearly 10 days now. "We cannot let down millions of fans out there for whom cricket is a passion. But the new law will not apply to cricket alone. It will apply to all sports in which unfair practices are being used to change the outcome or course of a game."

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  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Although we BD might not that much threat infront of Gambling brisk, but it wouldnt faraway of getting addicted as BD becoming popular and stronger team. Good decision .....

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Illegal betting will never pose much of a problem for BD for several reasons. Unlike Indians, Pakistanis and the international gamblers, Bangladeshis are not as interested in sports betting. Gambling on a game's outcome is not as popular here.The total winner's pot is thus too small to be of much interest to the international syndicates. This is why foreign gamblers wouldn't be interested in betting on our domestic matches. Bd games are considered a side-show by many. So we have some natural protection against this growing cancer and hopefully it will stay that way. Indian cricket will eventually be destroyed by gambling, no matter how hard the BCCI tries to clean up the mess. The money is too easy; the amounts just too huge for players on the periphery to say no to; the IPL itself is too big with too many players involved. Its impossible to monitor the actions of so many.

  • zulfiquar on May 26, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Why no news on the Ashraful-ACSU saga that is unfolding in local papers - is there any credibility to it?

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    does anyone know anything about the so-called 'ashraful incident'? i cannot trust any sources apart from cricinfo...but some local papers published some stuff on it...don't know how truthful though...

  • sadequl on May 25, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Congratulations & ty BCB for taking such bold decision as a pre-alert & hope this would have some sort of light at-least in our cricket arena where we all know regarding corruption where we stand internationally.

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