Bangladesh news June 4, 2013

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


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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  • roket 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?

  • Sharp 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.

  • Dummy4 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 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.

  • Amila 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.

  • A on June 4, 2013, 19:21 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Amir 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.

  • Mirza Avman 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.

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