Bangladesh news June 4, 2013

BCB 'not to involve' Ashraful in any form of cricket

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided 'not to involve' former captain Mohammad Ashraful in any form of cricket until the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) submits its report on investigations into alleged match-fixing and spot-fixing in this year's Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The decision was taken at a BCB meeting on Tuesday after Ashraful admitted to his involvement in the activities.

"[Mohammad] Ashraful has admitted to his guilt, so I feel he has no chance of staying with the game in the near future," Nazmul Hassan, BCB president, said after the board's executive committee meeting. "Ashraful himself told me about his confession. What he has confessed to, I don't know because I want to read the full report first."

Later, a BCB statement confirmed that Ashraful would be kept out of the game: "The board decided not to involve Mohammad Ashraful in any cricketing activity under BCB's jurisdiction until further notice. This decision was based on the player's own confession of involvement in corrupt activities."

After Bangladesh's admission into international cricket in 2000, Ashraful was its first recognised face and sometimes its only flag-bearer since his debut in 2001. His admission of guilt has had a major impact in the image of Bangladesh cricket, especially at a time when the cricket team has been faring quite well.

Hassan said he will deal with the latest controversy in the right way, and take stringent action against those involved in corruption. He has also said that the ACSU report would be made public to clear any doubts about the BCB's intent to tackle allegations of match-fixing and spot-fixing.

"I am not going to let anyone off the hook. Everything has to be in a system, within rules. There will be hundreds of problems, but if we go about it the right way and solve them one by one, it will help us," Hassan said. "We will make public whatever report we get from the ICC ACSU. They offered me bits and pieces of information on Sunday, when I met them. I said I want full details, and I can wait for it."

The BCB chief also explained how the ACSU, which was hired by the board to keep an eye on corrupt practices, went about their investigation during the BPL.

"The day after BPL ended, they gave me a list of names [of people] who were suspected to have been involved in illegal activities. I immediately agreed to know the full details. This is the background of how all this started," Hassan said. "They have taken interviews of a lot of people around the world. They have come to the end of their investigation, except for one last interview. It was supposed to have been taken yesterday, somewhere abroad. They told me that after that last interview, it would take them five to six days to submit the final report."

According to BCB's anti-corruption laws, a 10-member tribunal is supposed to be formed to decide on the judgment of such cases. But Hassan is inclined to take the decision himself, since the investigation has been conducted by the ICC ACSU, on behalf of the BCB.

"Since we couldn't do the investigation ourselves, I think our decision, too, should be based on ACSU's report on the matter," Hassan said. "Whether we need a tribunal or not, we can consult BCB's and ICC's legal unit. But I think as a board president, I can take a decision and punish the guilty based on the ACSU report."

One of Bangladesh's most experienced cricketers, Ashraful played 61 Tests and captained the national side in 13 Test matches, 38 ODIs and 11 T20Is between 2007 and 2009. During a career which extended from 2001 to 2013, he scored 2,737 runs in Test matches at an average of 24. He has also played 177 ODIs and scored 3,468 runs at an average of 22.23.

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

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  • r0ketman on June 5, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    @Binodbikash: What part of "Ashraful confessed" to being guilty did you not get? He will come out clean? The guy apologized in front of the media, without BCB being present there to force him to confess. What other proof do you need?

  • abid_shah2013 on June 5, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    There should be Zero tolerance for corruption. Anyone involved should be banned. How unfair we prefer watching cricket over our family time, studies and work just to find out it was staged.

  • on June 5, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    IPL and BPL destroying real cricket games.. This form of cricket arrange just for business and earn money.. now a days cricket not a game its become a business.

  • Peter_Walters on June 5, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Any player involved in fixing should be banned for life and pay fines at a minimum equal to amount paid to the cricketer by the country for the service. This is the only way people will not be tempted to fixing games.

  • Dhutugemunu on June 5, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Average player when you consider Whole Cricket World. But he was one of the Legends in BD Cricket (According to BD fans). Finally he has added a nice "Black Mark" to his legendary image.

  • Sadequl on June 4, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    We knew how some can reach from "Zero" to "Hero" but probably this would be perfect if we say Ash showed how to became just an opposite of this phrase to became "Hero" to "Zero" again.

    Still though I still liked the guts & bravery he showed by saying the whole truth in-front of the media & ACSU members. ICC should give this immature boy some sort of chances to be back again in cricket rather banning him for ever from cricket.

  • wernbrian on June 4, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    How to prevent future cricket fraudsters is the questions? May be with hefty fines.

  • on June 4, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Many are commenting that Ashraful is no more the player he as; so good riddance. And some youngster can fill that vacuum far better. They are missing the point altogether. It is not a question of a fading cricketer overstaying. It is a grave issue of a role model indulging in illegal activities and setting a wrong example to millions of young boys and girls interested in cricket. So, it has to be dealt with seriously and severely.

  • Fogu on June 4, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Ashraful has confessed and at a minimum he should be banned from representing BD in international cricket. We need to send a strong signal to all players that corruption will not be tolerated. The same should apply to all guilty players of all nations.

  • AvmanM on June 4, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Match fixing? I didn't think BD players were good enough to affect the outcome of a game, even in the BPL, so I find it hard to believe anyone would offer them money to underperform.

  • r0ketman on June 5, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    @Binodbikash: What part of "Ashraful confessed" to being guilty did you not get? He will come out clean? The guy apologized in front of the media, without BCB being present there to force him to confess. What other proof do you need?

  • abid_shah2013 on June 5, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    There should be Zero tolerance for corruption. Anyone involved should be banned. How unfair we prefer watching cricket over our family time, studies and work just to find out it was staged.

  • on June 5, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    IPL and BPL destroying real cricket games.. This form of cricket arrange just for business and earn money.. now a days cricket not a game its become a business.

  • Peter_Walters on June 5, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Any player involved in fixing should be banned for life and pay fines at a minimum equal to amount paid to the cricketer by the country for the service. This is the only way people will not be tempted to fixing games.

  • Dhutugemunu on June 5, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Average player when you consider Whole Cricket World. But he was one of the Legends in BD Cricket (According to BD fans). Finally he has added a nice "Black Mark" to his legendary image.

  • Sadequl on June 4, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    We knew how some can reach from "Zero" to "Hero" but probably this would be perfect if we say Ash showed how to became just an opposite of this phrase to became "Hero" to "Zero" again.

    Still though I still liked the guts & bravery he showed by saying the whole truth in-front of the media & ACSU members. ICC should give this immature boy some sort of chances to be back again in cricket rather banning him for ever from cricket.

  • wernbrian on June 4, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    How to prevent future cricket fraudsters is the questions? May be with hefty fines.

  • on June 4, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Many are commenting that Ashraful is no more the player he as; so good riddance. And some youngster can fill that vacuum far better. They are missing the point altogether. It is not a question of a fading cricketer overstaying. It is a grave issue of a role model indulging in illegal activities and setting a wrong example to millions of young boys and girls interested in cricket. So, it has to be dealt with seriously and severely.

  • Fogu on June 4, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Ashraful has confessed and at a minimum he should be banned from representing BD in international cricket. We need to send a strong signal to all players that corruption will not be tolerated. The same should apply to all guilty players of all nations.

  • AvmanM on June 4, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Match fixing? I didn't think BD players were good enough to affect the outcome of a game, even in the BPL, so I find it hard to believe anyone would offer them money to underperform.

  • on June 4, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    He admitted it - half of you didn't read the article!

  • asiacricket1234 on June 4, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    This is a blessing in disguise. Ashraful only plays one good innings in a year and get stuck in the playing 11 for the rest of the year. Denying chance to other player who can actually do something. Now if he gets ban we don't have to deal with that anymore. I have seen many people asking if Ashraful can be innocent. U need to read the news carefully. He confessed of his crime so it is not like someone accused him. He himself said that he fixed match so he should be punished and I hope he gets banned for a long time so we don't have to see this fixer again :)

  • Patdabac on June 4, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Disgraceful behaviour, why are people feeling sorry for him. All three countries India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have now created international players who have cheated by spot fixing/ match fixing. Ban every single cheating player, they waste the time of cricket fans who spend large amounts of money and time to watch cricket. The Gentlemens game is being destroyed by these cheaters. Sad day for cricket.

  • on June 4, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Interesting point to note that only Asian players are being caught, First Pakistani then Indians and Bangladeshi. Beware Sri Lanka you can be next :p. No wonder England is reluctant to provide noc to their players.

  • Romenevans on June 4, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Ashraful to Shameful. These cricketers have made this beautiful game so ugly.

  • on June 4, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Cricket got dirty.... In my childhood I was a Cricket crazy.. But not now..

  • on June 4, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    You put your fans down, put your country down; only for money... ... We are not going to forgive you Ash, You deserve maximum punishment...

  • Binodbikash on June 4, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Ashraful is innocent until proven guilty. My instinct says that suspending Ashraful is a ploy from BCB to show that they are efficient in the face of allegations neighbouring baord(s) are facing. I am sure Ashraful will come out clean, and keep Bangladesh down for few more years with his inconsistancy. BCB will have to think of something bigger to get this man out of their team. Best of luck to both parties.

  • on June 4, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    y does everyone hate ashraful...he is the best player in bd cricket team and will remain the best....

  • naz139 on June 4, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    As bad as the news of fixing is for BCB and Cricket in general. However, I do think this is the best thing to have happened to Bangladeshi Cricket. For too long the public and BCB have tried to ressurect his career and have forgiven his many failures for the sake of one odd flash in the pan. The team is as strong if not stronger without him. He would either get out cheeply to a bad shot or make 30 odd runs and then throw his wicket away at key stages.

  • on June 4, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    investigation not yet finish waiting for icc report

  • farooq61 on June 4, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Pending the guilt is established legally, Ashraful at best is an accused.

  • on June 4, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Finally Ashraful found a way to get himself totally OUT from international cricket. Goodbye Ashraful !! Thanks for the 92 against England

  • TheRisingTeam on June 4, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Very surprised if true he would do such a thing. These players who are involved in fixing not just recently but the last few years have embarrassed the whole of the subcontinent people. Whether Ashraful was actually involved in fixing doesn't make a difference to our national team because our team has almost moved on from the team of Ashraful's past and we now have young players who don't waste their talent like Ashraful does. If true then I think we can for sure say this is the end of Ashraful Cricket career and quite frankly, not really that bothered he is not part of the teams national plans since he didn't make the most of it anyway.

  • Haleos on June 4, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @ masoodali150 - read the second para in the article. You will get your answer. I can save some time of yours. He confessed.

  • Rafelgibt on June 4, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Excellent decision by the BCB.I would really like to appreciate this BOLD decision of BCB.Regarding any sort of unethical tasks related to BAN Cricket cant be taken lightly by any mean.BCB's ZERO tolerance regarding match mixing is highly admirable.Well done BCB and kindly make sure the that 'No sinner cant go unpunished'.

  • masoodali150 on June 4, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Some One has said that if Ashraful is guilty then he deserve it but what do u say if he is not involved in any fixing. A great player may miss many opportunities.

  • on June 4, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    it really does'nt make any difference whether Ashraful plays for BD or not.....he is a sideline player anyway......nd we dont need such an inconsistent talent in our team...we have far better players than him........!

  • on June 4, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Its very pathetic for him and who did suspend him. Both side are so unhappy. Most upset are our cricket crazy nation. :(

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 4, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Oh dear. Is this true? Would like to see evidence.

  • on June 4, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    we are very sorry for ashraful.

  • on June 4, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Its unfortunate that ICC is intervening in the case of BPL where as in similar case with IPL it has maintained a distance. In such situation of double standards its impossible to wipe off the menace all together.

  • on June 4, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    This is a really embarrassing period for cricket as a whole

  • mostafatawfiq on June 4, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Ashraful, the enigma - we don't know how to remember you. As the youngest test centurion on debut or .............. Really tragic.

  • on June 4, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    If he is guilty then he deserves it..........................

  • Sadequl on June 4, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Congratulations BCB for acting fast & wish our players will take this as a genuine guidelines to say "NO" for all future corruption for the sake of the name & fame of themselves alongwith the nation too.

  • StevieS on June 4, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Oh dear, I hope he is cleared of any wrong doing, the last thing cricket needs is more scandals. I think the ICC and law need to stiffen the penalties, how about banned for life and all assets that are the result of monies received from cricket are seized.

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  • StevieS on June 4, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Oh dear, I hope he is cleared of any wrong doing, the last thing cricket needs is more scandals. I think the ICC and law need to stiffen the penalties, how about banned for life and all assets that are the result of monies received from cricket are seized.

  • Sadequl on June 4, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Congratulations BCB for acting fast & wish our players will take this as a genuine guidelines to say "NO" for all future corruption for the sake of the name & fame of themselves alongwith the nation too.

  • on June 4, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    If he is guilty then he deserves it..........................

  • mostafatawfiq on June 4, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Ashraful, the enigma - we don't know how to remember you. As the youngest test centurion on debut or .............. Really tragic.

  • on June 4, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    This is a really embarrassing period for cricket as a whole

  • on June 4, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Its unfortunate that ICC is intervening in the case of BPL where as in similar case with IPL it has maintained a distance. In such situation of double standards its impossible to wipe off the menace all together.

  • on June 4, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    we are very sorry for ashraful.

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 4, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Oh dear. Is this true? Would like to see evidence.

  • on June 4, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Its very pathetic for him and who did suspend him. Both side are so unhappy. Most upset are our cricket crazy nation. :(

  • on June 4, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    it really does'nt make any difference whether Ashraful plays for BD or not.....he is a sideline player anyway......nd we dont need such an inconsistent talent in our team...we have far better players than him........!