Bangladesh news June 4, 2013

Three Bangladesh matches under fixing cloud

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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

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  • AltafPatel on June 6, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    India should learn from BCB for allowing ICC to investigate without their involvement.

  • on June 5, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    @Rafelgibt, one is Bangladesh-India ODI match in 2004, another one Bangladesh-India Test 2010 and Bd-Nz T20 world cup match in 2012

  • on June 5, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    ashraful is my best player. he said true so i request to author please free from punishment . we hope icc is helpful of this matter.

  • symsun on June 5, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Match fixing will not die until you severely punish those persons who are funding the money and those mediators who brain washes cricketers. Any person who motivates fixing or involved in fixing should be imprisoned for at least 2 years. Its a national crime.

  • Cricket-Critics on June 5, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    All Betrayers should back to home with some candy in hand and say THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  • mredz84 on June 5, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    icc has to be harsher when handing out punishments. there is a new issue everyday...who knows how many int. players/officials are involved ( particularly from the sub continent, past and present)? ban them for life... playing int. cricket is a privilege and not a right!!! i know the players association wud neva agree ( i dont know why wud anyone not agree with a life ban besides obvious politics) and ban probably will be overturned in arbitration court anyways. i dont know if they will ever be able to completely clean up cricket cos there will always be someone who is willing to risk a life ban to make quick money, some might even do it cos they feel threatened. the biggest problem with american sports is the PED issue. although it does hurt the integrity of the sport but at least players r trying to perform betta. cricketers r under-performing for money. thats a death knell for any sport!!! the game is at a crossroads, icc has to take a firm stance on this.

  • tiger_2011 on June 5, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Being a BD fan, I am dumbfounded. Ever since Ashraful came to the international cricket, I was his biggest fan. So many times, I used to cry after watching his superb performance against AUS, ENG, SRL, IND and SA. Well, I will never forget anyone who betrays against the nation. Ashraful should be given a maximum punishment for his stupid act. He sold himself for the illegal money. He is now a rotten egg in the basket. The new generation should learn the lesson so that no one should dare to perform this type of silly things in their life. I WILL NEVER FORGET ASHRAFUL for betraying the nation.

  • Rafelgibt on June 5, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    @Carlos De Souza on (June 5, 2013, 1:27 GMT) Im fully agree with you.In terms of doing corruption in cricket whichever country that player represents doesn't matter.He must be banned for lifetime,fined at least 75% of repayment whatever money he got playing for country.If he fails to repay the money then must be sent to the jail for at least 5 to 10 years.'Zero tolerance towards the corruption in cricket' is absolutely justified.

  • on June 5, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Considering his contribution for Bangladesh Cricket , he should get the second chance.

  • A_HTIMAN on June 5, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Theses players should be banned from cricket for indefinite time. Or else the cheating thing will only improve. It's time for the ICC to get stiff on this.

  • AltafPatel on June 6, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    India should learn from BCB for allowing ICC to investigate without their involvement.

  • on June 5, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    @Rafelgibt, one is Bangladesh-India ODI match in 2004, another one Bangladesh-India Test 2010 and Bd-Nz T20 world cup match in 2012

  • on June 5, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    ashraful is my best player. he said true so i request to author please free from punishment . we hope icc is helpful of this matter.

  • symsun on June 5, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Match fixing will not die until you severely punish those persons who are funding the money and those mediators who brain washes cricketers. Any person who motivates fixing or involved in fixing should be imprisoned for at least 2 years. Its a national crime.

  • Cricket-Critics on June 5, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    All Betrayers should back to home with some candy in hand and say THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  • mredz84 on June 5, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    icc has to be harsher when handing out punishments. there is a new issue everyday...who knows how many int. players/officials are involved ( particularly from the sub continent, past and present)? ban them for life... playing int. cricket is a privilege and not a right!!! i know the players association wud neva agree ( i dont know why wud anyone not agree with a life ban besides obvious politics) and ban probably will be overturned in arbitration court anyways. i dont know if they will ever be able to completely clean up cricket cos there will always be someone who is willing to risk a life ban to make quick money, some might even do it cos they feel threatened. the biggest problem with american sports is the PED issue. although it does hurt the integrity of the sport but at least players r trying to perform betta. cricketers r under-performing for money. thats a death knell for any sport!!! the game is at a crossroads, icc has to take a firm stance on this.

  • tiger_2011 on June 5, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Being a BD fan, I am dumbfounded. Ever since Ashraful came to the international cricket, I was his biggest fan. So many times, I used to cry after watching his superb performance against AUS, ENG, SRL, IND and SA. Well, I will never forget anyone who betrays against the nation. Ashraful should be given a maximum punishment for his stupid act. He sold himself for the illegal money. He is now a rotten egg in the basket. The new generation should learn the lesson so that no one should dare to perform this type of silly things in their life. I WILL NEVER FORGET ASHRAFUL for betraying the nation.

  • Rafelgibt on June 5, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    @Carlos De Souza on (June 5, 2013, 1:27 GMT) Im fully agree with you.In terms of doing corruption in cricket whichever country that player represents doesn't matter.He must be banned for lifetime,fined at least 75% of repayment whatever money he got playing for country.If he fails to repay the money then must be sent to the jail for at least 5 to 10 years.'Zero tolerance towards the corruption in cricket' is absolutely justified.

  • on June 5, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Considering his contribution for Bangladesh Cricket , he should get the second chance.

  • A_HTIMAN on June 5, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Theses players should be banned from cricket for indefinite time. Or else the cheating thing will only improve. It's time for the ICC to get stiff on this.

  • on June 5, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Wat chance...he corrupted in cricket wich is a religion to us....ban him n make him suffer

  • Rafelgibt on June 5, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Which 3 matches???If CRICINFO would elaborate!!!

  • on June 5, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Give him a chance? You have to be stupid. There is no room for a cheat in this game.

  • Fanatic_cricko on June 5, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Best chance for him is not giving him jail sentence. Best award - barred for cricket for life.

  • on June 5, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    I beg to differ with BOND_007, no other batsman of international quality faces so much inconsistency like he does. now, it is high time to check whether this tendency has been cooked up with something or not.

    I strictly dont think he should be given any more chances. He already has ruined our cricket a lot.

  • on June 5, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    No, he doesn't deserve a chance. Kick the cheats out once and for all.

  • dontsee on June 5, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    completely the wrong person to blame for this whole match fixing debacle.

  • on June 5, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Breaking down and crying after taking money is of no use. Ashraful should be fined heavily, banned for life from all forms of cricket and jailed for several years. The message should strongly go out. Cheats will be caught and punished sternly. Enough is enough. Of course, this should apply to all cheats whether from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Australia, England or New Zealand.

  • on June 4, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    @BOND_OO7: Ashraful is a professional cricketer. He knew the risks, and he took them. He deserves nothing.

  • asiacricket1234 on June 4, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    Ban him. Please Ban him for life. He only scores against Sri Lanka anyway. He was a very ordinary player with little talent and over hyped by few. Now that it is proved that he is a corrupt guy please BCB get rid of him for good. Have to watch this guy failing for last 12 years. We had enough

  • pholpin on June 4, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    Bond_007. I couldn't disagree with you more. People are always repentant when there are caught. The important thing, sadly, is to ensure that Ashraful is banned from cricket. The only way we will ever have a chance of removing corruption from cricket is to make an example of those players (or officials) who are found to have been corrupt - whether financially or morally. It does the game no favours at all. After all, the very first rule of the game is to do with the spirit of the game. And Ashraful has shown contempt for that, to the detriment of everyone else that supports or plays it, at whatever level.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 4, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    He is a cheat, plain and simple and crocodile tears don't change that!

  • BOND_OO7 on June 4, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Seeing Ashraful break down, i couldn't prevent my tear from rolling down . Give him a chance. He deservs it

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  • BOND_OO7 on June 4, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Seeing Ashraful break down, i couldn't prevent my tear from rolling down . Give him a chance. He deservs it

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 4, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    He is a cheat, plain and simple and crocodile tears don't change that!

  • pholpin on June 4, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    Bond_007. I couldn't disagree with you more. People are always repentant when there are caught. The important thing, sadly, is to ensure that Ashraful is banned from cricket. The only way we will ever have a chance of removing corruption from cricket is to make an example of those players (or officials) who are found to have been corrupt - whether financially or morally. It does the game no favours at all. After all, the very first rule of the game is to do with the spirit of the game. And Ashraful has shown contempt for that, to the detriment of everyone else that supports or plays it, at whatever level.

  • asiacricket1234 on June 4, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    Ban him. Please Ban him for life. He only scores against Sri Lanka anyway. He was a very ordinary player with little talent and over hyped by few. Now that it is proved that he is a corrupt guy please BCB get rid of him for good. Have to watch this guy failing for last 12 years. We had enough

  • on June 4, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    @BOND_OO7: Ashraful is a professional cricketer. He knew the risks, and he took them. He deserves nothing.

  • on June 5, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Breaking down and crying after taking money is of no use. Ashraful should be fined heavily, banned for life from all forms of cricket and jailed for several years. The message should strongly go out. Cheats will be caught and punished sternly. Enough is enough. Of course, this should apply to all cheats whether from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Australia, England or New Zealand.

  • dontsee on June 5, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    completely the wrong person to blame for this whole match fixing debacle.

  • on June 5, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    No, he doesn't deserve a chance. Kick the cheats out once and for all.

  • on June 5, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    I beg to differ with BOND_007, no other batsman of international quality faces so much inconsistency like he does. now, it is high time to check whether this tendency has been cooked up with something or not.

    I strictly dont think he should be given any more chances. He already has ruined our cricket a lot.

  • Fanatic_cricko on June 5, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Best chance for him is not giving him jail sentence. Best award - barred for cricket for life.