Bangladesh news June 4, 2013

Three Bangladesh matches under fixing cloud

The ICC will investigate three international matches involving Bangladesh after Mohammad Ashraful reportedly told Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) investigators of his involvement in corrupt practices during these games. Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hassan said that the ICC will investigate on its own, with no involvement of the BCB.

Earlier in the day, the BCB decided 'not to involve' Ashraful in any form of cricket until the ICC's ACSU submits its report on investigations into alleged match-fixing and spot-fixing in this year's Bangladesh Premier League.

"Apart from the ACSU's investigation into corruption in the BPL, the ICC will have its own investigation into spot-fixing allegations in the international matches mentioned in the report," Hassan said at a press conference.

"Their investigation also includes international matches, and it is not just limited to the BPL. They told me that the focus of his report is on the BPL, and because those games were under ICC's jurisdiction, the ICC will investigate it themselves. Two of the matches are from the past so it will take some time to gather evidence."

Ashraful's confession to the ACSU regarding the international matches was first reported by the Dhaka-based Prothom Alo.

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