Bangladesh news May 31, 2013

BCB to investigate BPL fixing allegations

BCB president Nazmul Hassan has confirmed that a Bangladesh player was questioned by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) officers last week. There will be a meeting between the BCB and the ACSU on Monday, which will be the first meeting between the two to discuss suspected match-fixing and spot-fixing allegations in this year's Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

According to reports, the ACSU have been investigating a number of BPL matches involving Dhaka Gladiators, in particular three games which they lost. The Gladiators went on to win the 2013 tournament.

Hassan said he had talked to the Bangladesh batsman Mohammed Ashraful. "He (Ashraful) told me that the ACSU talked to him and he told them everything," Hassan said. "Whatever he knew, whatever's the truth, he can't disclose these things because of the ACSU'S bindings. I think what Ashraful has said is not the bigger matter. The bigger deal is the ACSU's report and what kind of decision we take [in light of the investigation].

"On Monday, we will have our first sitting with them [ACSU] after the investigation. I will come to know then what's going on. Regarding the BPL, spot-fixing or match-fixing, everything depends on their investigation. Because we haven't done any investigation of our own we gave the responsibility to them. Saying anything before that is difficult."

Hassan also stressed on punishing the parties that are found guilty of corruption, but he doubted one clause in the ICC's anti-corruption policy which he said states that a team that loses a game for strategic reasons can escape punishment.

"We have to know what grade of offence this is. The ICC has its grading. I heard that if a team throws the match for strategic reasons that won't be a fault. So after listening to this I was shocked. In my opinion that's match-fixing, but the ACSU doesn't consider it. I need to know the laws properly. We will consult our legal advisors after finding out what the report is. We will give a stern decision.

"If franchises are responsible obviously they will get punished. If I run a team then the team is mine, I take my players, I train them so I have a big influence on the team. Whether the players agree or not [with the franchise's decision], they might have to agree. So what happened and who is responsible, we need to figure that out. So did I do the wrongdoing out of no hope or was it out of my own wish? We need to find this out. But obviously everybody will get punished."

Hassan, however, said he did not believe the BPL would "close down because of this incident." He said if the BCB could "handle this situation this time and punish the ones who deserve to be punished then I am sure that BPL won't face this problem in the future."

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

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  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    malinga it sas bcb who themselves has asked ACCU to loook over bpl since its started p[aying 200k$ for the tornament

  • Dummy4 on June 3, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    Nobody is above law. All the players as well as the owners should be punished (if proven guilty). This cannot just go on; we need to re-assess our strategy regarding BPL. Personally, I don't like BPL. Because BPL will only increase bank balances; not skills, techniques and morals of players. I urge BCB again to focus more on first class / longer version cricket and send players abroad to play domestic leagues (anywhere in the world). IPL / BPL / T-20 is like fast food; it tastes delicious but unhealthy in the longer run.

  • Asir on June 2, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    It's a matter of time. I'm quite sure all allegations against BPL will be cleared. Since tigers always play for country it's difficult to believe that they involve with fixing.

  • Khondker S on May 31, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Indian bookies are creating huge problem in this subcontinental areas. Because of them, lots of good promising players were/are going to be derailed. BD has only few good players, even if they loose one or two, it will be huge for them. BCB needs to be very cautious for penalty.

    Is BPL following same path of IPL? Who knows...I hope not....

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Shelving BPL cant be a solution rather it will prove we are guilty, why will we give them chance to make ourselves guilty. What we can do now! We will investigate it and punished those guilty players; subject to the consideration of if anyone proved guilty. It will make an example for others who's facing similar level of problem but failed to disclose or punished guilty players. GO TIGERS GO.

  • Jay on May 31, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Here we go again ! Fixing has become synonymous with cricket the past few weeks. I hope the ICC Champions Trophy isn't 'fixed'. Yikes !

  • Mike on May 31, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    ICC investigating BPL but why not IPL and the other T20 leagues? It would be best if BPL is postponed for at least 1 year so it gives more time and less fuss on such problematic issues and according to schedule, the Bangladesh Cricket team is extremely busy in 2014 so along with the domestic games, cannot see how our players can fittingly play in all these games and thus may cause fatigue.

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