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June 6, 2013
The news of Mohammad Ashraful's admission of involvement in alleged match-fixing and spot-fixing has generated emotional reactions from Bangladesh fans. Here are some of them
"I am not angry at Ashraful, because he admitted his mistake. I am angry at those who brought him in this situation. He is a brave boy. Not many people have the guts to tell the truth, but he does."
"As he accepted his wrongdoings, there is no room for withdrawing the allegations against him. It is okay to suspend him right now and the final decision may be taken by following the ICC rule, so the punishment is their concern. If he is banned for life by the law, I have no problem though I shall feel sad for him. But there is no room for corruption in cricket."
"I will miss him if he's banned. In my dreams I played his pull shot many times. If I were Habibul Bashar, then I would be caught at deep square leg; when I played it like Ashraful, it went for four."
"I have never met Ashraful, but I am angry with him. For some reason or another, Ashraful was always the guy I had to back in arguments with friends. Now he has done this."
"One always has a choice, always! In these kind of situations one is either stupid or greedy or in most of the cases, both."
"Ashraful's admission of guilt is not enough to save him from the punishment which he deserves. But I think he is only a small piece at the end of the funnel in this unethical game. Authorities should ensure that the major criminal responsible at the top end of the funnel beginning from the financier to each and every one in this chain is taken care of."
Syed Rashed Zaman
"There's no one else to blame for Ashraful's actions. He is not a kochi khoka [little boy]. Ultimately, we are all responsible for our actions given the will to choose.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets hereFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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